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War Surgery and Medicine

Procedure on Return to New Zealand

Procedure on Return to New Zealand

Cases, especially Army, arriving from overseas by hospital ship were treated as follows:


Psychotics were admitted to hospital direct from the ship.


Anxiety neuroses and allied conditions were admitted to the Casualty Clearing Hospital at Wellington and kept together in one ward. Here they were examined by psychiatrists of the Mental Hospital Department. Each case was seen individually for at least half an hour so that the psychiatrist could gather sufficient information to enable him to make a recommendation regarding disposal.

Usually discharge and continued observation at the psychiatric clinic nearest his home was recommended.

Psychotics were never admitted direct from ship to mental hospital, but were held at Wellington hospital, according to the recommendations of the psychiatrists, and only later drafted to mental hospitals if that was required.