AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Psychological well being hospitalizations greater than doubled in the course of the pandemic within the Augusta area. The I-Crew shares what they’ve uncovered on the problem.
At the moment there are not any native in-patient psychological well being amenities right here in Augusta. There’s one in Aiken via Aiken Regional Well being. So meaning if somebody is having a psychological well being disaster in Richmond or Columbia Counties Gold Cross will reply and switch the affected person out of the world. Transports occur by way of ambulance if a affected person is threatening self-harm or violence and people transports are how we measured the psychological well being disaster right here at residence.
Earlier than the pandemic in 2019 Gold Cross mentioned they made 208 whole transports to psychological well being amenities. In 2020 that jumped to 424 transports a rise of 103 p.c. Much more regarding Gold Cross has made 343 transports from January to March of this 12 months. So extra within the first quarter of 2021 to all of 2019.
The Vice President of Gold Cross says your entire system is feeling the pressure.
“Clearly this pandemic has accomplished a quantity on our healthcare system from the hospitals to the EMS to medical doctors workplace. Everyone seems to be struggling everyone seems to be burned out response instances there are events when there could also be longer response instances. It may a a number of issues,” mentioned Stephen Vincent, Gold Cross Vice President.
Tomorrow the I-Crew digs deeper into Gold Cross and it’s response time to 911 calls right here in Augusta.
Much more regarding, Liz Owen’s found the fee admits they don’t have entry to that inside knowledge to trace emergency response to see if individuals are being put in danger – we ask why and comply with the cash. The I-Crew investigation might be aired tomorrow at 6 p.m.
When you or somebody you understand is combating psychological well being the suicide prevention hotline quantity is (800) 273-8255. For extra native psychological well being assets go to: Mental Health America of Greater Augusta, Inc., Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, and Jones Behavioral Health.
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