Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Crease was particularly concerned that long- term patients and the newly admitted were housed in the same ward. His vision was to have a facility for the assessment, intensive treatment and rehabilitation of acutely ill mental patients. Thus, the Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine was built.
Staff psychologist intermittently from 1948-1974.
Crease Clinic was a clinic for those suffering from the early symptoms of mental illness. It housed 325 patients and was a treatment and teaching centre. The focus was on rehabilitation and recovery within a few months rather than long-term hospitalization.
The clinic had a surgical suite, X-Ray department, laboratory, medical departments - cardiology, neurology, and ear/nose/throat - physiotherapy, recreational therapy, library and classrooms. The Crease Clinic was a state-of-the-art facility, which gathered worldwide attention when it opened.
"It should do much to place mental illness on the same plane as physical illness and help to remove any stigma, which uniformed people may have regarding sickness of the mind," said the 1951 Medical Superintendent's report.
Dr. Crease wasn't all business though. Apparently, every winter, the doctor would bring staff and patients up the hill from Essondale grounds to a lake. There, he would tie a rope around his waist and have everyone hold on tight to it. Crease would then venture out onto the frozen surface to see if it was safe enough to skate on. There are no stories of him falling through the ice.
I hope you find the beauty around you.