Contact Information

In writing:

Bodmin Community Hospital,
Boundary Road,
PL31 2QT

Telephone Number: 01208 251436

Clinic Times: Tuesday and Friday, 8am to 1pm

Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) is provided from the hospital for the treatment of severe depression, usually when other treatments have not been effective.

What is ECT and what is it used for?

ECT is often misunderstood and misrepresented. People who opt for this as a treatment often become advocates for its effectiveness. Over a three to six week period you will receive between six and 12 treatments. It will sometimes be given once every couple of weeks or once a month to prevent a recurrence of symptoms.

ECT is given under general anaesthetic and treatment usually takes no more than ten minutes. During treatment, a tiny amount of electric current is sent to the brain. This affects the entire brain and repeated treatments alter the brains chemical messages bringing them back to normal.

Our ECT Booklet 2019[pdf] 655KB tells you more about the treatment and what to expect. We have also developed an ECT diary/workbook to support you through your treatment journey.

If you think you might benefit from this treatment, you will need to be referred by a Consultant Psychiatrist. ECT is available at this clinic to people from Devon and Cornwall.