Posted by Anonymous
I've been an inpatient at Callington Road Hospital twice. On the first experience I was left to my own devices, in a room, terrified, having a psychotic episode, with very little about my situation being explained to me by doctors or nurses. I needed to be reassured that I was safe, that it was a hospital, that staff knew what they were doing and that all would be well. On the second visit I had access to activities and OT and was communicated with much better. As a result of this experience I recovered from my psychotic episode (over one year ago now) and have been well since, returning to work and normal activities. There were some amazing staff members at Callington Road, but others didn't seem to understand mental health problems (some lovely young people, however with little life experience). Potentially they would benefit from going on a training course where people with lived experience talked about their recovery journeys. In addition, a lot of the doctors making key decisions were still in training, which seems to me a major issue (if a patient is assigned a doctor still training, there should be another doctor overseeing their case).