chapter  V
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There can now be no doubt that these psychiatric units in general hospital provided a comprehensive psychiatric service to their catchment areas and largely satisfied the needs of their patients without recourse to prolonged stay in hospital, particularly in mental hospital. They seem, therefore, to be fulfilling the hopes that were initially vested in them. They did not cater for a selected group of patients, but looked after every type of psychiatric disorder, saw these patients, treated them, readmitted them, and apparently did this for the most part to the contentment of the patients and their relatives. 80% of the patients and 790/0 of the relatives in fact expressed themselves as satisfied with the service given by the units. In addition, all this had been achieved with very little recourse to the Inental hospitals; indeed, over the four years only 0'70/0 of the patients became long-stay mental hospital patients.