"my stay at the newberry"

I was an inpatient at the newberry centre in the summer of 2012 for 4 months, and since my life has never been the same. Before admission , i had no hope in life becoming better, my admission allowed me to escape from my problems in a safe nurturing environment, along with feeling a sese of acceptance with the other patients in knowing i wasn't the only one suffering, since mental health is often regarded is somewhat a taboo in society. All staff were caring and kind towards me, and treated me with respect. most are still very treasured to me! The education unit encouraged me to pursue my education, despite my lack of ambition for it. Today almost 2 years on, despite my illness i passed my GCSES in a year and have no completed my first year of A-levels; The Newberry does its upmost best to ensure interruption in patients education is reduced as much as possible. The Hospital provides a cosy, non-clinical evnironment, which i feel is crucial for settling in. The nurses were always approachable i felt safe knowing i could go to them if i had a problem. I also made many friends amongst the ward, many whom i still see today! I am also planning to train as a mental health nurse in University, something i put directly to the inspiration the nurses gave me on my inpatient stay.

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Response from West Lane Hospital

TEWV would like to thank you for taking the time to share the positive experience you had with our staff and services at Newberry Centre and would also like to congratulate you on all your achievements. We will share your comments with the staff so they receive this feedback. Many thanks.

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