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A subdivision used in local governments in a number of countries. Wards are sometimes the constituencies for local, elected officials. They are often equivalent to a neighborhood or a portion of county.
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*Participants in this study were recruited from only two acute psychiatric wards of the same hospital, which limits the generalization of these findings.
Authorities said staff members in the psychiatric ward saw Mr.
T RAG I C Richard Deane' s body was found two months after he walked out of a psychiatric ward
Mum Carol Horne Artist Sylvan Money, 26, hanged herself from a curtain rail on a psychiatric ward at Bronllys hospital near Brecon
He was subsequently admitted to the University Hospital of North Tees A& E department, then agreed to be transferred to the Stephenson Ward, an acute psychiatric ward of the hospital, for his own safety.
That came after a second public consultation exercise over the proposed closure of one of the hospital's four psychiatric wards ended last week, after the first was branded "inadequate".
On October 2, 2001, while a patient in the hospital's psychiatric ward (where she was receiving treatment for depression) she was assaulted and raped by a male patient.
A district court on Tuesday ordered a municipal government in Fukushima Prefecture and a psychiatric ward patient and his mother to pay some 160 million yen in damages to the family of a doctor the patient killed at a city-run hospital.
Lippiatt gave birth to her son in January this year but on February 6 she vanished from a psychiatric ward at Newcastle General Hospital.
The book is narrated from the perspective of Chief Broom, a patient in a psychiatric ward. The story centres on a new patient by the name of McMurphy who is introduced into the ward and changes the lives of those that reside and interact with him, particularly Chief Broom.
Ravenscraig nurses were offered padded vests as protection against knives, but despite the high risk of attack from patients in the psychiatric ward, no full-time guards have been employed.
Overall, three psychiatric patients, two formerly addicted patients, two methadone users, and no control patients had to be admitted to the psychiatric ward for reasons that could not be directly associated with psychiatric effects of interferon-alfa and ribavirin.