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    DATABASES : SUICIDE : COUNTRIES: SCOTLAND : ARTICLE: New Self-Harm Database Set to Reduce Suicide: System Will Be Invaluable Throughout NHS New Self-Harm
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      DATABASES : SUICIDE : COUNTRIES: SCOTLAND : ARTICLE:
      New Self-Harm Database Set to Reduce Suicide:
      System Will Be Invaluable Throughout NHS

      New Self-Harm Database Set to Reduce Suicide:
      System Will Be Invaluable Throughout NHS
      By Liam McDougall, Health Correspondent
      Sunday Herald
      <http://www.sundayherald.com/43789>

      A DATABASE of every Scot who deliberately self-harms is being planned in a
      bid to dramatically reduce suicides.
      The list, which would be held centrally on computer, would be available to
      psychiatrists and other health specialists across the country as a means
      of assessing the risk that individuals pose to themselves.

      It would hold details, including which doctors the patient was known to,
      previous diagnoses and alerts such as a warning that they may be
      suicidal.

      Proposals for an electronic system are being worked on by a group of
      mental health specialists who are concerned at the level of self-harm and
      suicide in Scotland.

      Dr Dallas Brodie, a consultant psychiatrist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary who
      is involved with the scheme, said: What you want to be able to do is sit
      down at a computer, log into a central core that has access to details of
      a diagnosis, contact numbers, and alerts, such as take care, this patient
      may well deny that he is suicidal but if he presents he usually is. That
      basic information is incredibly helpful.

      Brodie added that when a self-harmer arrives at an accident and emergency
      department it is often impossible to know their background, unless the
      patient is willing to say themselves. But often they are reluctant to
      inform the doctor or give the whole story.

      Brodie admitted that some patients were being denied adequate help because
      no database system was in place.

      At the moment you can get records through the post, which is incredibly
      time-consuming, or you try your best to get the information by telephone,
      but thats only if the patient tells you where they have been before, he
      said.

      You really want to be able to access this information before you see the
      patient. With a national database, it would just be the basics but it
      would be so helpful. This would be invaluable throughout the whole of the
      NHS as well as psychiatry in general.

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      The full article may be read at the URL above.


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