"visited relative, tribunal"

About: Kneesworth House Hospital

I had to go there because my relative had a tribunal. This security precautions are worthy of a prison, very depressing, even the judge said that sometimes in these places, she cannot do her work because they take her laptop from her. I nearly had an argument with the people who removed all my possessions as I went in. The actual staff on the ward were very nice, I think it is just the regulations, so restricting they cannot possibly be conducive to recovery. My relative has completely withdrawn, I feel that the psychiatric system itself is wrong, has made his condition worse. Always presupposing the worst, more likely to get it. My relative is stuck in there, unable to go out unable to draw out any money, begging me for money, which I can't afford. Supposed to be rehabilitation but the people aren't even allowed to go online//have a mobile phone or tablet. Maybe they have some real hard cases in there, for whom these restrictions are designed, but my relative is not a criminal or dangerous has the misfortune to be banged up with those who might be. The grounds etc all very nice but apparently nobody is allowed out in them. I would not like to work in that place, or to be in there. Ward staff as I said, doing their best, and in spite of everything managed to remain cheerful and positive.

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