Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus.
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Park Royal Hospital to keep our patients/clients/guests, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, visitation is no longer allowed at Park Royal Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers

At Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers, we have a six-bed ECT suite that is equipped with the most current technology and staffed by a specially trained team.

What is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective form of treatment for clinical depression. ECT is used to treat depression that is resistant to other modalities of treatment, including medication and psychotherapy.

  • ECT is a safe and effective form of treatment for depression.
  • ECT is one of the fastest ways to relieve symptoms in severely depressed or suicidal patients.
  • It’s also very effective for patients who suffer from bipolar disorder, catatonia, and some psychotic states.
  • ECT is not a last resort; it can be used in any stage of depression.
  • ECT does not replace medications or therapy. It is used to enhance the effectiveness of the modalities in patients who are resistant or partially responding to other treatments.
  • Some sources have stated that the response rate of ECT is higher compared to the use of medication alone.
  • The effects of ECT can last for months and years after the course of treatment.
  • Some patients may require maintenance treatment for prevention of recurrent episodes.
  • ECT can be administered both with inpatients and outpatients.

Misconceptions about ECT

It is a misconception that ECT is used as a “quick fix” in place of long-term therapy or hospitalization. It is also incorrect to believe that the patient is painfully “shocked” out of depression. Although ECT has been used since the 1940s, it generally remains misunderstood by the public. Unfavorable news reports and media coverage have contributed to the controversies surrounding the treatment.

How is ECT Performed?

Prior to ECT treatment, a patient is given a muscle relaxant and is put to sleep with general anesthesia. Electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp, and a finely controlled electric stimulus is applied. This results in a seizure-like activity within the brain. Because the muscles are relaxed, the visible effects of the seizure are limited to slight movements of the hands and feet. The patient is carefully monitored during the treatment. The patient awakens minutes later, not remembering the treatment.

Everyone was nice and helpful! The techs I worked with made things make sense in the most upbeat cheerful way.

– Gaby