psychiatry

Transforming an out-of-date psychiatric hospital into a patient friendly space: a matter of taking risks

Abstract: The author describes his experience as a psychiatrist in a large psychiatric hospital near Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. While there, he attempted to transform the wards under his supervision into patient friendly spaces through empowering both patients and staff members. This personal reflection shows that sometimes it can be wise not to have a plan, but to make use of opportunities as they arise.