DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
The Department being the only facility in public sector is providing clinical and forensic services to a large catchment area of eight districts. Out patient and liaison services are provided to both Allied & D.H.Q. Hospitals while 50 bedded inpatient unit is situated in DHQ Hospital only where round the clock emergency services are also provided. A Model Drug Abuses Treatment Center is providing services to addicts and their families. Patients in District and Central jails are also being treated. The Department has different facilities for patients like Rehabilitation room having color television and indoor games, Group Therapy Room, Books Magazines etc. The facility of EEG is also made available to epileptic patients.
The Department is recognized for FCPS – II and MCPS training in psychiatry by CPSP. Postgraduate teaching is also provided and many of the trainees have passed different Diplomas and providing services in Pakistan and Abroad. There are Library and audiovisual room for teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Department has well developed Psychology section. Psychological assessment and therapeutic services are being provided to all indoor and outdoor patients. Psychological assessment include the areas of personality, intelligence and syndromes specific more over individual therapeutic sessions for indoor and outdoor patients are conducted beside this group therapy of each problem is being done. The department has signed MoU with Applied Psychology Department of Government College University, Faisalabad regarding teaching and training of students of M.Sc., while applied Psychology students and internees join Department for attachment and training.
Many research activities are being carried
out in the Department; current area of focus is comorbidity is
psychiatry and physical disorders and drug dependence. Multiple studies
have been published in reputed journals and others are in the pipeline.
International research links has been established with different
consultants working overseas.
Teaching of Psychiatry and Psychology to nursing students and paramedical students is also carried out. Various training courses on priority mental health disorders for doctors and paramedics are organized with the help of W.H.O. The Department has arranged comprehensive Programme to Mental Health Training Course for doctors serving with District Government with collaboration of District Health Development Center. Short training is also arranged for doctors serving in nearby cities. In December 2005 the Department has Successfully organized three day 16th National Psychiatric Conference of Pakistan Psychiatric Society. About 300 mental health professionals attended the conference from Pakistan and abroad.
The Department is running outreach Programme to decrease stigma and increase awareness about Mental Health and Drug abuse in collaboration with an NGO. Once a week, a team consisting of Doctors, Medical Social Officer and members of NGO visit schools and health centers and deliver lectures. Annually World Mental Health Day and Anti-Narcotics Day are also celebrated regularly with the help of NGOs. Consultation services are also provided to the inmates of S.O.S Children Village on complementary basis. A close liaison exists with Social Welfare and Community Development Department. Free medical camps have been arranged in towns like Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Jaranwala, Sammundri, Gojra, Chiniot, etc.
The department provides following services.
Indoor Patient Department
Statistical data for indoor patients at District Headquarters Hospital Faisalabad.
Outdoor Patient Departments
Outdoor facilities are available both in DHQ and Allied Hospitals Faisalabad on all week days.
One consultant room and one medical officer’s room are available. Psychological management is being carried out in psychologist office and day care center in the indoor.
Two consultant rooms are available. Liaison services are provided to all disciplines in Allied hospital from this outdoor. Eligible psychiatric cases are referred to DHQ hospital for admission.
Round the clock emergency service is being provided to the patients, who come to the emergency department and are then referred to the Psychiatry Department. Patients coming on their own, being brought by their family or are referred from other private and public sector hospitals of Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang districts. Three to five emergencies per day are being received and managed by the on duty doctors. For the last 6 months the department had 130 emergency cases in which 60 patients were admitted and the rest were forwarded to respective medical departments.
Liaison psychiatric services are provided to other disciplines both in DHQ and Allied hospitals whenever requested. About two to three calls per week are being received and managed. During last six months about 60 calls have been responded.
Special liaison services are being provided to District, Central and Brostal jails on monthly basis and on emergency basis and whenever required. Such services are also rendered to Dar-ul-Amaan, S.O.S. Village and special education centers and schools (Child protection bureau, Sir syed, Tanzeem-ul-Lisaan and Autism center) with in the district.
Forensic services are being provided to a large catchments area of four districts i.e. Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot. Cases are being referred from different provincial, federal and semi-government departments for fitness to job or otherwise. Cases are also being referred from police/civil and criminal courts regarding fitness to plea or otherwise. During last five years forensic assessment reports of about 300 cases have been sent to different departments.
Department has the following facilities at its disoposal.