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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).

ECT is a physical treatment carried out under general anaesthetic it involves several treatments spread over a few weeks.  Most people who have ECT prescribed for them are suffering  from severe depression or more rarely another major mental health disorder. 
ECT is given on three sites within the trust.  We will endeavour to treat you at your nearest site but sometimes you may have to attend another one.   

How ECT might help you:

It may be helpful if you:

  • have not improved with anti-depressant medication
  • can not take anti-depressant medication due to side effects
  • have responded well to ECT in the past
  • feel so overwhelmed by your depression it is difficult for you to carry out your daily activities


Important things to remember:

                                                    • You need someone to stay with you for 24 hours after treatment.

                                                    • Most people who are prescribed  ECT will be unfit to drive, please check with your insurance company and Consultant.

                                                    • You should not eat or drink anything from mid-night the night before, unless you have been advised to take your morning medication with a very small amount of water.

                                                    • It is advisable not to smoke  before a general anaesthetic.

                                                    • You will be asked to confirm your consent at each visit. Different rules apply to people under the Mental Health Act (MHA)

                                                        Quotes from Patients:

ECT saved my life.

I am over the moon with the result. My children have their mum back and my husband his wife.

ECT is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

                                              ECT staff are brilliant, if it was not for you I dread to think where I would be. 

I would like to:

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Royal South Hants
Brintons Terrace
SO14 0YG

Tel: 023 8083 5500

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Aldermaston Road
RG24 9RH

Tel: 01256 817718

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