"I now feel like I am back at square one"

About: Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

After many years of treatment for chronic mental health problems I was discharged completely from the service. Talking therapy had proved unsuccessful so I was discharged on a mix of drugs and put under the care of my GP.

Unfortunately the GP said that he was not happy being responsible for the type of medication I was on and the high doses. He said that those types of medication should be under the supervision of a psychiatrist. He has stopped some of the medication and reduced some of them. I now feel like I am back at square one feeling awful again.

I am not wanting to complain but would it not be a good idea for the psychiatrist to talk to the GP prior to discharge? Then they could make sure that the GP can care properly for the patient.

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Response from Marion Christopher, Patient Experience Coordinator, PALS & Complaints, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I am sorry that you feel that you are back where you started again. When patients are discharged from services the GP is always informed. If you feel that this was not done properly in your case please contact the PALS service and we will look at your individual case. The contact details are PALS@lpft.nhs.uk or telephone 01529 222265.

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Update posted by Jomar (the patient)

I do know that the psychiatrist writes and tells the GP you have been discharged. What I was trying to say was that the GP was not consulted *before * I was discharged.

Had he been, he would have explained the problems he had being left with the responsibility of the kinds of medication I was on.

I have tried to contact PALS but there is never anyone there and if you leave a message they never get back to you.