Priory Glasgow reports big increase in patient numbers
The hospital has seen a 40% increase in self-pay patients and a 9% increase in patients using private medical insurance to fund treatment over the last 12 months.
The hospital provides a dedicated eating disorder unit as well as offering both inpatient and day care assessments, therapy, counselling and advice to overcome a range of mental health issues including addictions, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues.
Mental health is a major problem in Scotland. The most up to date information from the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) showed that in 2005, the social and economic costs ran to £8.6billion. Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK and the second highest rate in Europe. Shockingly, 10.4% of Scots over the age of 15 take antidepressants every day.
In addition to the increase in patient numbers at Priory Hospital Glasgow, Priory Wellbeing Centre Edinburgh, which is based in St Andrews Square and has been open since 2008, has experienced a steady rise in the number of people seeking treatment.
It extended its provision in June last year (2010) from half a day to five days a week, with a consultant psychiatrist, three therapists and a dietitian in place to offer support and guidance for those suffering from a range of mental health problems.
Our Edinburgh facility now provides a dedicated eating disorder clinic one day a week as well as offering assessments, therapy, counselling and advice to overcome a range of mental health issues including addictions, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues.
Marco Bannerman, Hospital Director at Priory Hospital Glasgow said: "Although there has been a recession and things are very tight for many, it appears that people are prioritising their mental health more than ever."
"Although many of our private patients are treated for addictions, this is by no means exclusive. Our specialist teams of consultants, therapists and nurses have the expertise and experience to treat most psychiatric conditions. These include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and all major acute psychiatric illnesses."
"Many people believe that private hospital treatment is beyond their means but we have flexible pricing designed to assist people to seek the help they need. The increase in patient numbers is testament to the fact that people are willing to finance treatment for potentially serious conditions that affect their quality of life."