"Failings by the crisis team and 136 Suite at Sussex Partnership"

About: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Working age mental health care (inpatient)

(as the patient),

Last year I was working with the crisis team, meeting them when agreed, calling in when arranged. But despite this, they decided they did not wish to work with me any further, as they felt I posed too much of a risk for them. I am not the kind of client who will just do what I am told, if I believe it is to my detriment.

They called the police, who sectioned me on a 136 and I was taken to a place of safety at the 136 suite at the local psychiatric hospital. The police removed all my items that could endanger me and gave them to the staff, who put them in an unlocked drawer. I suffer with amnesic episodes and was seen by a member of staff removing my belongings and this went unchallenged.

I had access to a lot of medication and took a massive overdose, which was only realised when the police came to escort me to the ward, as I did not want to be in hospital. They could not wake me. I was then admitted on a ventilator to ITU. It took 3 attempts at trying to get me off the ventilator, until I was able to breathe for myself.

The police raised an allegation against the staff of abuse by neglect and this was upheld at a safeguarding adults investigation and subsequent meeting. When the staff were asked why they had not locked up medication given to them by the police, they claimed not to know anything about medication and said they did not challenge me with regards removing items, as they did not wish to upset me further.

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Response from Head of Involvement, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your comments. This was clearly a difficult situation and I am very sorry that you experienced such distress. I am working with colleagues who are responsible for Safeguarding at Sussex Partnership to hear their responses to your comment and I will respond more fully when I have a fuller understanding of the circumstances.

Kind regards.

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Response from Rachael Kenny, Head of Involvement, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you once again for your comments - it is really important that we hear about the experiences of the people that use our services both good and bad and make improvements where we need to. This is exactly what happened in the situation you described - we also made a Safeguarding alert following this incident and have made changes to the 136 suite and the process and paperwork associated with an admission to it. Once again I am sorry for the very distressing situation you experienced and wish you well for the future. I have responded to your comments about CRHT teams in your other recent comment so will not repeat them here

Kind regards

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