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About: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

Went for assessment at Millfield House in Yeadon as I had entered a period of crisis. I answered all question honestly and truthfully, only to be told that because I drink too much that there was nothing that they could do for me. Was told that basically my depression is my fault because I drink and that I should quit the booze, eat healthy food and take some exercise and I would be fine! !

Been depressed for years. Been 100% totally ignored by Leeds Mental Health for 18 months, and then a thoroughly demoralizing experience when finally seen.

Moving away from a series of set questions would be an improvement

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Response from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Otleyboy,

As the Clinical Lead responsible for Millfield House I was very disappointed to hear about your experience, especially when you felt you were in crisis. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your feelings about your assessment and to better understand your concerns.

On occasions when members of the team feed back the outcome of an assessment, the person may not actually agree with the plan. However, I do expect members of the team to convey any decisions in a sensitive, professional and collaborative manner. The team have recently updated the holistic assessment and within this are a number of cues to aid the assessment discussion. This may be one reason why your assessment may have felt like a series of questions.

I am more than happy to discuss this with you. This can be arranged for you via the Patient Advice and Liaison Service, telephone freephone 0800 0525790

Sean Devanny CMHT Clinical team manager