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"Autistic Adult inpatient medical care"

About: Musgrove Park Hospital / General medicine

(as the patient),

I have never been treated with dignity in a hospital before and Musgrove is no exception. As an Autistic adult without a learning disability, ward staff and doctors don't give time for me as a patient who could talk to them 10 minutes ago but whose pain and anxiety level has risen to invoke 'situational mutism' and now they can only stare helplessley grabbling in dark recesses for speech they see but just cannot form into sound. 

However, I've just returned home from an inpatient stay on a medical ward which started out much as ever, the admitting Dr was acting arrogant because I refused digital examination by them despite giving reasons and they took exception to the refusal and then provided no explanations or reassurances about what was going to happen and the nurses were too busy to provide reassurance, however, COVID-19, so I tried to let go and tried hard not to push my buzzer, not that I was being admitted for this. Only pressing it eventually as withdrawal from my regular medication was starting to overwhelm me 6 hours after it had been due; I still wasn't sure if I was going home or being admitted. I learned I was being admitted but nothing had been prescribed by the arrogant Dr as the list of my medication I took with me got lost - again! Everytime! My carer had written it as I don't remember everything I take and doses etc.

When I got to a ward, Portman ward, one Nurse was Outstanding, and their direction of their colleagues with my Autism was just phenominal. They really 'got it' - despite being newly qualified, understaffed and overwhelmed, massive massive thanks to the team ... definitely the 'least worst' stay!

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