Psychiatric Emergencies in an Urban BoroughBr Med J 1969; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5642.498 (Published 22 February 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:498
- G. H. Mountney,
- T. Fryers,
- H. L. Freeman
An analysis is presented of all emergency calls made in one year, “out of hours,” to local authority mental health social workers as part of a comprehensive psychiatric service in an urban community. Of 212 calls received, more related to men than women, and in both sexes the peak age group was 40 to 49 years; 72% of referrals were in the psychosis or personality disorder diagnostic groups. A minority of cases referred had symptoms of only recent onset, and 70% of all calls related to patients previously known to the local services.