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Patient support following Nepean incident

05 Oct 2018


We understand the incident at Nepean Hospital on Thursday 4 October may affect patients, their families and visitors or bring up feelings about past events.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or need support here are some things you may like to consider.

Remember, you might need to try a few things depending on your individual circumstances – it’s important to keep trying.

Talk to someone you trust

Often talking through your experience with someone you trust goes a long way to reducing your anxiety, and can help you to gain some perspective moving forward. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, visit your GP or contact the Mental Health line on 1800 011 511 or Lifeline on 131114.

Our social workers are visiting wards over the next few days talking to patients who may need support. Patients can request a social worker through their nurse.

The pastoral care team are also here to help. They are walking the wards and corridors chatting to patients, their families and visitors.

Look after your safety

If you feel unsafe, try to remove yourself from the situation or reach out to someone who can help you stay safe. If you are thinking about suicide, seek help immediately by calling 13 11 14 or 000.

Recognise your strengths

Your skills and abilities can help you cope under pressure. If you are having trouble identifying your strengths, ask a loved one to help you list some strengths that will help you in your current circumstances.

Make a plan

Making a plan can help reduce stress and give positive goals to work towards.

Take care of yourself

Eat healthily, exercise, and try to get some sleep. Give yourself some time out if possible. Avoid alcohol and drugs, as they numb feelings and make it harder to cope in the long run. Why not try doing something you enjoy.

If you’re in our emergency department the Nepean Rotary Friends of Nepean Emergency (FONE) volunteers will be on hand to help make your stay more comfortable.

The Nepean Therapy Dogs will be making extra rounds at Nepean Hospital over the next few days. If you see them, take the opportunity to say hello.