Regional hospitals play a very vital role in mental health care in Ghana. Regional hospitals primarily form a secondary level of health care for their locations and are designed to provide services to a geographically well-defined area of a population of about 1.2 million. Presently, the four regional hospitals in Ghana have been robed in to form an integral part of mental health delivery within the various regions.
This is to strengthen the integration of mental healthcare into the general health system, and thus make secondary mental healthcare available to all regions. This specialized care to be provided at the regional level involves skills and competence that may not be available at district hospitals.
Being the next level of referral from district hospitals, it is the intention of the MHA to make available psychiatrists and specialized psychiatric nurses to provide services in these facilities. Regional hospitals will be expected to have 25 to 50 beds in their psychiatric wings or units.