About: Victoria Integrated Care Centre

(as the patient),

I am becoming increasingly frustrated at the amount of concern and sympathy I am receiving from my CPN of almost six years. I am on the Autism spectrum and have problems with one area of society in particular.

Whenever I am involved in an incident involving certain types of person it always seems to be "my fault": I shouldn't have reacted like I did, or it was only an accident, and, of course, if I do the same thing I will be jailed.

I am shown sympathy in face-to-face meetings but was even not referred for a consultation with my psychiatrist recently despite the request that this be done coming from my G. P. My CPN decided by his / herself that it had nothing to do with my mental health. (At our previous meeting I was told "It may be that Dr - (my psychiatrist) needs to review your medication but let's see what your blood results and GP say. " When I telephoned and passed on the request I was told Dr - would be consulted then at our next meeting was informed, as stated above, that this had not taken place.

I am the one with psychopathic symptoms - total lack of empathy and sympathy towards others - but that is not an attitude one expects from a mental health practitioner.

I think it may be time for a change.

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Response from Viv Hamilton, NHS Highland

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Dear Help-me -Rhonda

Thank you for your important feedback on the service you received from your CPN. I am sorry that your recent experience has not been a positive one and I am keen to ensure that, with your consent, I have the opportunity to look at this in more detail as this service is provided by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde through a Service Level Agreement with NHS Highland. If you would be prepared to provide more information to me I could look into the matter further or if you would like to speak to the local manager that would also be available.

The local manager is Linda Skrastin, Clinical Services Manager lskrastin@nhs.net

Tel 01436655008

Alternatively you can contact me at viv.hamilton@nhs.net, Tel 01369708345

Kind regards

Viv Hamilton

Locality Manager

Cowal, Bute, Helensburgh & Lomond

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