DUBLIN’S SAINT JOHN of God hospital has said that half its admissions in the past month have been in relation to the intense pressure that Covid-19 restrictions are placing on people.
The Stillorgan hospital, specialising in mental health treatment and care, says there has been a “dramatic increase” in patients who are struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, addictions and issues relating to severe social isolation.
Acute work-related stress has also seen a number of healthcare workers being admitted to the hospital.
“We have already seen a significant increase in admissions relating to intense pressure that Covid-19 restrictions are placing on people. In the past month alone, half of admissions to the hospital have been specifically related to the impact of these restrictions,” said Emma Balmaine, chief executive of the hospital.
She said the hospital is anticipating the increase will continue in the weeks and months ahead as the immediate crisis begins to stabilise and the country begins to reopen.