"A&E experience related to mental health"
About: Queen's Medical Centre / Accident and emergency Queen's Medical Centre Accident and emergency Nottingham NG7 2UH
Posted by madperson (as ),
I suffer from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have times of crisis where I am distressed and suicidal.
I attended the A&E at the QMC and arrived at 2. 30am. The receptionist and triage nurses were lovely and very helpful and I was asked to sit in the waiting area to wait for someone to come and see me from the Department of Psychiatric Medicine.
I waited and waited and people came and went. Drunk men sat next to me, people that had been fighting etc etc. The chairs were very uncomfortable and I was in a lot of emotional distress.
No one came to see me to tell me why I had to wait so long. Other people kept commenting 'when are you going to be seen? ' I felt like I was being punished and made to wait because of my mental health problems. They are not as important as physical health.
I finally saw a psychiatric nurse at 9. 30am after sitting and waiting 7 hours through the night.