"...contd. Psychiatric Liaision Team Royal London..."
About: The Royal London Hospital The Royal London Hospital E1 1BB
Posted by Mervyn Henchy
Just now, (start of my review), I follow on by describing why my disorders, especially BPD/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder are worth mentioning. Whilst professionals tend to be sympathetic toward people with a Bipolar Affective Disorder diagnosis, having EUPD in my experience can create some animosity from others. (Of note, I have not found this to be true from the psychiatrist who diagnosed me with this diagnosis and now generously treats me in my local CMHT), but the animosity stems from the often difficult; challenging and manipulative behaviours shown by EUPD patients. I certainly have unfortunately fallen into this category because of the thoughtless and harmful patterns of behaviours that have been characteristics of my illness here. I, to a certain extent, agree that it is difficult to diagnose this disorder (how do you diagnose a personality?), but getting the right treatment becomes an asset that people with EUPD that can over time help themselves to thrive more in life rather than walk the muddled tightropes in their existing mental health difficulties. On one occasion in the Psychiatric Liaision Team at the RLH I was seen by a nurse with what I perceive to be a very bad attitude. This nurse didn't formally do my examination but when the nurse did address me it was more than clear that the nurse had an existing dislike towards me. (I may have spoken to this nurse on the phone- on a couple of occasions I am quite ashamed to admit that I was incredibly rude and angry- shouted a lot down the phone when I felt misunderstood for reasons that I cannot even now remember). This nurse looked very coldly at me, in what I still believe to be judgmental and unkind ways that lacked all desire to be helpful and was certainly not professional in their role as a nurse. This very much though is their problem and if the nurse wants to accept a cheque each month, then the nurse lives with that choice but I hope to God that this nurse doesn't treat other vulnerable patients like this. What made matters worse for me was that bloods were drawn intravenously from me and some minutes later when I was, as a result, bleeding profusely, the nurse kissed their teeth at me and walked out of the room before some time later, had somebody else attend to me as my blood was still pouring out. I couldn't help but think at the time that the nurse didn't want to deal with me because I have a blood borne virus. I stand by my opinions here and am unfortunately left with the memories from this experience. I won't let this detract though from the overwhelming fact that staff, in my opinion, at the PLT are immensely kind and understanding toward their patients. Nurses there have a big responsibility in terms of making the kind of choices that few would ever have to make in the course of their duty. They liaise successfully with their colleagues, including here doctors/psychiatrists, and to that end I think they each do a marvellous job.