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Mental Health: Psychiatry

Psychiatric services are provided throughout the Sunrise Health District. The Yorkton Mental Health Centre psychiatrists also provide services to parts of neighbouring health regions.

The main outpatient clinic and 18 bed inpatient unit are attached to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Four psychiatrists travel regularly to satellite clinics.

Family physicians are the front-line workers and psychiatric backup support is provided on a 24-hour basis. Psychiatric referrals are accepted from family physicians and co-workers from other programs of the Yorkton Mental Health Centre.

The four psychiatrists contracted by the Sunrise Health Region must practise within the terms of the Mental Health Services Act and ensure that the patient's rights are protected at all times.

Psychiatrists provide assessment; inpatient and outpatient treatment; consultation to physicians, hospitals and special care homes in the region; forensic assessment, and backup service to other programs of the Centre. Psychiatrists also support and participate in prevention educational activities of the Centre.