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Matt Morgan: Hospital doctors should step outside

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4914 (Published 06 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4914

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Dear Dr Morgan

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

I worked as a community old age consultant psychiatrist in a deprived town of Greater Manchester and always love to see an elderly person thriving in their community after discharge from in patient treatment of depression. Social isolation is the leading causative factor for old age depression. I came to know that many patients who did not have visitors would prepare tea and may go out to buy biscuits for my visit. Relationship with their hospital consultants may be helpful in their recovery and show better compliance with their treatment. I have observed elderly clients talking very fondly about their hospital stay and wished to see staff more often after discharge and successful recovery. I think this may reduce the duration of hospital stay after reassurance of a home visit by a hospital consultant within two weeks of their discharge from hospital. Appropriate referrals and better communication with primary care staff may also result with this extra effort from hospital consultants.

So glad to to read your experience.

Keep up the good work.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 August 2019
Abid A Malik
Consultant Psychiatrist
Manchester