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New day centre offers hope for “heartsink” patients

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6953.500 (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:500
  1. C Court

    Britain's first specialised day service to treat difficult patients with long term neurotic disorders, often referred to by general practitioners as “heartsink” patients, has been opened in south London. The service, to be called the Cawley Centre, has been launched by the Bethlem and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry.

    The centre will provide treatment for patients who will typically have consulted general practitioners or local psychiatric services for many years. These patients' treatment is characterised by frequent consultation and multiple …

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