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For medication outside of these times please speak to your nurse. Taking Leave from the MHSSU Your treating team may decide that you are able to spend some time away from the unit. This is called “Leave”. Leave might be for a short time (such as 15 minutes) or a longer time (such as several hours). Your treating team will decide how long your leave will be. Leave is arranged with the approval of the consultant psychiatrist on your treating team. We will make a note of when you leave and return to the unit. Your doctor will consider your health and safety and may approve accompanied leave (with another person, either staff or a family member, friend or carer) or unaccompanied leave (by yourself).
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12 | Welcome to the Mental Health Short Stay Unit FACILITIES Hospital Cafe & Gift Shop Cafe Zouki is located inside the main foyer of the Canberra Hospital. A selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, cakes, soup, hot drinks and other food is available. Please check with us before bringing food into the unit. The Hospital Gift Shop, also in the foyer, sells sweets, magazines and small gifts. The Gift Shop is open 7 days a week. ATM There are two ATMs in the main foyer of the Canberra Hospital, located opposite the gift shop. Most cards are accepted. We ask that large amounts of money are not brought into the unit. Pharmacy There is a pharmacy located in the main foyer of the Canberra Hospital, located opposite the enquiries desk. They are open Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
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Welcome to the Mental Health Short Stay Unit | 13 ADVOCACY Advocacy is when someone speaks on your behalf to promote your point of view. There are a number of advocacy services in the ACT. Some services offer individual support while others focus on improving systems. They include: Individual Advocacy ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service ADACAS is an independent community organisation that provides free advocacy and information for people with disabilities, including psychiatric disability, and vulnerable older people. Advocacy involves providing information, assisting with creating options, communicating wishes and representing your views to others. An ADACAS advocate can assist you to assert your rights or interests or to have your needs met. You can use the patient phone to contact ADACAS on (02) 6242 5065. Public Advocate of the ACT The Public Advocate provides advocacy for people who may not be able to advocate for themselves or represent their own best interests. The Public Advocate monitors how services are provided to people within the MHSSU to make sure that the rights of people are protected and their best interests promoted. An advocate regularly visits the MHSSU and is available to speak with or you can use the patient phone to contact the Public Advocate’s Office on (02) 6205 2222.
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