Number of people being treated for stress in Parklands rises

THE number of people being treated for stress at Parklands hospital in Basingstoke has risen over the last five years.

The increase in stress-related admissions comes despite a drop in the total number of people being admitted to the psychiatric hospital, in Aldermaston Road, over the same period of time.

Figures from a Gazette Freedom of Information Request show that admissions relating to stress doubled between 2007-2008 and 2011-2012.

Between May 2007 and April 2008, only three patients – 0.64 per cent of total admission at the hospital – were diagnosed with stress, compared to six, or 1.7 per cent of the total number of patie-nts admitted between May 2011 and April 2012.

The trend has been increasing over the years, with 0.23 per cent of patients with stress-related admissions in 2008-2009, 1.2 per cent in 2009-2010, and 1.6 per cent in 2010-2011.

The total number of admission to Parklands has dropped from 471 to 359 over the last five years.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust categorises patients suffering from acute stress, reaction to severe stress and post-traumatic stress as admissions relating to stress.

The trend in a growing number of stress-related admissions appears to be a national one, with figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showing a seven per cent rise in hospital admission for stress levels over a year.

The figures show there were 6,370 admissions for stress across the country between May 2011 and May 2012, compared to 5,960 during the previous 12-month period Liz Redfern, director of nursing and lead director for mental health issues at NHS South of Eng-land, said: “We are all subject to various levels and types of stress and it affects people differently, but one thing is clear – stress can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing.

“We know that some people, particularly men, are reluctant to admit when they are feeling under pressure and unable to cope, but the reality is that this may make things worse over time and lead to more serious mental or physical illness.

“It is important that people do not underestimate the effects of stress upon their health, and it is important that we are all aware of the strains people are under.”

For more information, visit time-to-change.org.uk or mind. org.uk.

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2:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

ELLIS17 says...

Little wonder when the workforce is meant to be flexible to suit employers , so much to the extent of partners becoming like passing ships at home, with their little spare time not being spent together or with any children. They either have a second job to meet basic living expenses or are caring for an elderly relative, whilst being asked stupid questions by local councils or call centres as to their religious beliefs, ethnic background or their sexual preference, all carried out under the guise of delivering us better service levels. Our stress levels would be great reduced if such nonsense was abolished.
Little wonder when the workforce is meant to be flexible to suit employers , so much to the extent of partners becoming like passing ships at home, with their little spare time not being spent together or with any children. They either have a second job to meet basic living expenses or are caring for an elderly relative, whilst being asked stupid questions by local councils or call centres as to their religious beliefs, ethnic background or their sexual preference, all carried out under the guise of delivering us better service levels. Our stress levels would be great reduced if such nonsense was abolished. ELLIS17

8:40pm Mon 28 Jan 13

BugBear says...

Well you have to laugh, what do they expect. They sold off Park Prewett to get hold of the building land and put hundreds of vulnerable people out to suffer 'care in the community' whilst at the same time saying it was in their best interest. Evil psychopathic people who would be best placed in mental homes themselves rather than fooling the community at large they are acting in the interests of others. Still there you go, that's the sort of society we live in now and most people are either too lazy or stupid to be bothered to anything about it.
Well you have to laugh, what do they expect. They sold off Park Prewett to get hold of the building land and put hundreds of vulnerable people out to suffer 'care in the community' whilst at the same time saying it was in their best interest. Evil psychopathic people who would be best placed in mental homes themselves rather than fooling the community at large they are acting in the interests of others. Still there you go, that's the sort of society we live in now and most people are either too lazy or stupid to be bothered to anything about it. BugBear

3:27pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

BugBear, I do not understand your point. This article is about people suffering stress not people who have been 'put out to suffer care in the community'. In fact the article says the overall level of psychiatric admissions has reduced but people suffering from stress are the exception to this trend. And these people, who have been diagnosed with stress related psychiatric problems, are being admitted for treatment, not 'put out'.
BugBear, I do not understand your point. This article is about people suffering stress not people who have been 'put out to suffer care in the community'. In fact the article says the overall level of psychiatric admissions has reduced but people suffering from stress are the exception to this trend. And these people, who have been diagnosed with stress related psychiatric problems, are being admitted for treatment, not 'put out'. Sam_Walker123456

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