The ‘Medicine for Members’ event will be hosted by Dr Susie Carman, Consultant Psychiatrist for the Ministry of Defence unit at Parklands, and Mark Morgan, Director of Operations for Mental Health.
Unknown to most, Southern Health runs a specialist mental health unit dedicated to soldiers and armed forces personnel who are experiencing severe mental illness.
The six-bed unit is based at Parklands hospital, and caters for a range of illnesses including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In some cases, front-line soldiers have been rushed straight to the unit as soon as they have returned to the UK, often still in their combat fatigues.
Dr Carman will be giving a presentation which will include an overview of the ward as well as the type of patients they see, treatments and therapies they offer and how they work with the wider MOD network including physical health services at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Frimley Park.
Mark Morgan, Director of Operations for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Social Care will also be available to provide a look ahead at the key projects the Trust is working on. This will include the Trust’s role within the Hampshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan as well as how the Trust is working more closely with families, patients, Governors and regulators.
Speaking ahead of the event Dr Carman said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing some of the work we do on the ward. Many people know about Parklands hospital but very few are aware that it houses a specialist ward for military personnel, and even less will be aware of the work we do there.
“We hear lots about soldiers overcoming terrible physical injuries, but just as many, if not more, suffer mental health problems. The ward is there to support some of the most unwell people and help them in their recovery.”
After the presentations there will be a question and answer session where people will be able to ask about the topics covered.
Medicine for Members events give our members and the public the opportunity to learn more about the services we provide. Each event has a guest speaker, which offers those attending the opportunity to hear more about different specialties and conditions and gives them the opportunity to ask questions in an open Q&A session. There will be a number of different events across Hampshire throughout the year, which will enable local communities to learn more about the care we provide in their area and how the health service is responding to the many different challenges it is facing.
Booking is essential for the event, a place can be secured through Eventbrite or by calling 023 80 87 4390.