Category Archives: ECT in the UK

ECT and the machine that wasn’t switched on

On 22 January 2018 the Birmingham Mail published an obituary of Tamworth GP Dr John Weston Smith, who had died aged 95. The obituary mentioned that he had provided anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St. Matthews Hospital in Burntwood. … Continue reading

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ECT and narcosis on Buzzfeed

On March 17 2018 Buzzfeed published a story by news reporter Hannah Al-Othman about a woman who in 1972 had undergone narcosis and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Eleanor (not her real name) had been 22 … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England 2016/17

Somewhat belatedly (such reports usually come out in November) the Care Quality Commission (CQC) yesterday, 27 February 2018, published its annual report on the monitoring of the Mental Health Act in England. The report covers the period April 2015 to … Continue reading

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ECT in Worcestershire: over 90 per cent of patients are women

When I wrote about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Worcester, United Kingdom, two years ago I was unable to find any publications on the treatment from psychiatrists, etc., working in Worcester. However, an article about ECT in Worcester has now been published. … Continue reading

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ECT in the Scottish Daily Mail

Today (8 January 2018) the Scottish Daily Mail ran a feature about electroconvulsive therapy, which can be seen here. The author, home affairs editor Graham Grant, talks about an investigation and it looks as if he has sent off some freedom … Continue reading

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ECT in Scotland 2016

This week (14 November 2017) the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN) published their annual report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Scotland. In 2016 in Scotland 344 people received 408 courses of ECT, compared to 367 and 448 … Continue reading

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ECT in England 2011-2015

The journal of the British Psychological Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, has published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England (An audit of ECT in England 2011-2015: Usage, demographics, and adherence to guidelines … Continue reading

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