Psychiatric Emergency Care

The Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) commenced operations in November 2005 and is imbedded within the Emergency Department which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  The Emergency Psychiatry Staff work in unison with the General Emergency team and maintain strong links with Community Mental Health Teams, General Practitioners and Non-Government Agencies to deliver quality, timely and appropriate care for all people who arrive in Emergency with mental health and or behavioural problems.


The PECC, with a six bed specialist unit sits on a service continuum that aims to avoid prolonged hospital admission and/or premature discharge into the community.  The focus of its philosophy is to provide a continuing detailed assessment and deliver therapeutic interventions over a 1-2 day period, ensuring a rapid return to community or family care with an optimum level of functioning.

Further information
Mr Beaver Hudson Service Manager
St Vincent's Mental Health Service
The O'Brien Centre
Level 3, 390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
T 02 8382 1800 
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More information
Mental Health Co-ordinating Council
Mental Health Emergency Response, Memorandum of Understanding, July 2007

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