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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 twelve months.

The hospital provides a dedicated eating disorder unit as well as offering both in-patient and day-patient assessments, therapy, counselling and advice to overcome a range of mental health issues including addictions, depression, anxiety and self confidence issues.

Mental health is a major problem in Scotland. The most up to date information from SAMH - the Scottish Association for Mental Health 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 anti-depressants every day.

In addition to the increase in patient numbers at the Priory Hospital Glasgow, the Priory Edinburgh Consulting Rooms, which are based in St Andrews Square and have been open since 2008, have 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 dietician in place to offer support and guidance for those suffering from a range of mental health problems.

The 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 confidence issues.

Marco Bannerman, hospital director at the 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 has the expertise and experience to treat most psychiatric conditions. These include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, 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 seeking 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."

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