Velammal Hospital established the psychiatry department in August 2013 with the mission to enhance mental wellness and provide psychiatric care for the betterment of people with mental illness. We provide care for more than 12000 patients annually. The department is fully manned to handle varied individuals suffering from mental health problems both at outpatient and inpatient levels.There is an in-patient facility for both general and private patients, with round the clock nursing and medical and emergency care.
The psychiatry team has the expertise of managing patients with complex mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and also treating patients presenting with co-morbid medical/surgical conditions who also present with complex psychological/psychiatric conditions. Evaluations are conducted with strict confidentiality and by a multi-disciplinary team. Family is an integral part of the treatment and every attempt is made to engage the family in the comprehensive treatment of the individual with their consent. The renowned psychiatrists of Velammal Hospital handle people of various age groups and are specialists in their respective fields.
The department has 10 bedded female inpatient and 20 bedded male inpatient ward which includes addiction care. Annually around 1000 patients are admitted and treated with state of the art psychiatric care. The treatment is holistic which includes pharmacological, psychological treatments and liaison services for patients along with psychosocial rehabilitation.
A separate addiction care ward “NAMBIKKAI” offers de-addiction at the most affordable price for patients struggling with drug abuse and alcohol dependence. This program was inaugurated in May 2014, by Dr. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt., of Tamil Nadu. This program focus on comprehensive 2-week inpatient de-addiction. The patient and families undergo treatment together as a single unit and therapy include medications, psychotherapy, yoga, and leisure club activities.
Clinical psychology is an allied field of Psychiatry in Velammal Hospital where a qualified person who graduated as M.Phil Clinical psychology assists in managing Psychiatric illness.
Under the guidance of the Psychiatrist, the Psychologist, along with the group which includes Psychiatric social workers, yoga therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, special educators, and others, guides the team in running special clinics like Child guidance clinic, Family intervention clinic, Memory clinic, psychoeducation, and geriatric mental health intervention clinic Psychotherapy is carried out