The Department of Psychiatry consists of psychiatrists who are medical doctors that specialises in mental health conditions. Our team hopes to fight the stigma faced by people with mental health issues and make help available for those who are in need. Our department draws upon the strength of a multidisciplinary team combined with evidence-based medicine to ensure that our patients get the best care available. Comprehensive health assessments and treatments are coordinated by psychiatrists, psychologists, our team of experienced nurses, social workers, occupational therapist and others. We also work with our partners in the community like family doctors, polyclinics and social service organisations so that our patients can get help where it is most convenient and appropriate. We assess and treat our patients based on up-to-date and evidence-based medicine. Our services span both at the clinics at SKH Medical Centre and at the wards in our hospital.
We understand that it can be stressful to see a psychiatrist for the first time. We hope that the following information will be helpful to you.
What can I expect?
Before the consultation, you will be asked to fill out a pre-assessment form. This form will help us understand and address the needs of our patient. You can also print out and fill out the forms before hand (Pre-assessment ) and pass it to your doctor during the consultation. Your doctor will ask about the symptoms you have been experiencing as well as relevant background information to know you better. They may also perform a physical examination, and advise you on further investigations where appropriate.
Your doctor will then explain to you the diagnosis and the treatment options which may include medications, psychological therapy, and referrals to appropriate services both within the hospital and/or in the community.
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How long and frequent are the consultations?
It takes approximately 30 minutes for your first consultation. After which, your doctor will discuss with you on the frequency of subsequent consultations, depending on the type and severity of your condition.
How do I make an appointment?
You may call us directly via our appointment centre or obtain a referral letter from any polyclinic/family clinic for subsidised rates.
Is what I share confidential?
Yes. All records are confidential. Medical reports require your consent. We encourage you to speak to your doctor on limits of confidentiality.
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