"Being Sectioned"

About: Mersey Care NHS Trust The Walton Centre

(as the patient),

I was at a hospital for a week, where I had the brain surgery for Epilepsy, The Walton Centre for neurology, just to check I was ok. I was, and had been doing really well for the nurses for the full week, talking to the staff, choosing my meals each day and eating them all, talking to other patients (socialising), washing and dressing each day, taking all the medication they gave me and never refusing any, not a problem! !

A day later, I found myself being taken to Aintree next door in a wheel chair one night, and only found out when I had been released (6 weeks later), that they had sectioned me. I was not told anything of this before-hand, and was not asked to sign a bit of paper to agree with their plans, which in my view is illegal. I have now found out that from my point of view all the information the nurses had given at the Walton Centre at the time was incorrect and false and therefore the Clinical Nurse who saw me on that night, was following incorrect information, and had had no need to send me to Aintree, never mind Section 11 me. I was doing very well in myself.

The Clinical nurse did not check with me when I was talking to her, that the information she had been given was correct, (so she was following false allegations, very inconsiderate), nor should she have let my mum to come into the room at the same time, and invade my privacy, as I could not say how I had been, and what had just happened, with her present. She allowed my mum to rudely interrupt. As well as saying they were doing their duties to look after me, which they were not in my view., they had even let my mum sleep in my bed and invade my privacy, whilst she was ignoring me and pretending to be asleep. The nurses would not comply with me, which I found very rude and a form of blackmail. How can they then have the cheek, to say it was me who was in the wrong? A form of sabotage.

Apparently I was not sectioned until 2 days or so after I got to Aintree, as that is not the reason they had sent me there. Both hospitals were saying it was the other who had sectioned me. It also says in the notes that they did talk to me, and ask me to "consider putting your hand up for a plea, but how could they when no one was even talking to me for 2 days at least. and following that nothing was said either. I'd known nothing about this, and as well as sectioning me, for what felt like no reason without telling me (section 2), I asked them politely after 5 weeks can I go home soon, as I was getting fed up, and it felt like they took it out on me and sectioned me again a section 3. This has all been very cruel behaviour, from both the doctors and nurses. They had even given me injections when I was taking the medication 100% of the time.

I feel I have been blackmailed and used and abused by the medical staff and am now stuck/addictedon/to the tables. I am told I can not adopt can not train to be in the police, I feel my life has been turned upside down all due to the fact that the nurses and staff at the hospital in my view are not genuine.

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Response from x The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

We’re very sorry to hear of your experience which you obviously found distressing. It’s difficult for us to give a detailed response as we don’t know your individual circumstances, but would be happy to look into this further. Our Patient Experience Team can be contacted on 0151 556 3090 or email PatientExperienceTeam@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk

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Update posted by isabella123 (the patient)

Thank-you, are you for once listening to the patient for a change, and not relying on the nurses all the time, ignoring the patient!!!!x!x

Response from Kim Guy, PALS Manager, Mersey Care NHS Trust

Thank you for sharing your experience, Mersey Care NHS Trust is commitment to improving mental health services actively seeks the views and opinions from people who access those services and we are sorry that the care you received did not meet your expectations.

It is disappointing to hear that you feel that you were not listened to and that your privacy was not respected, service managers have been made aware of your comments as Mersey Care strives to continually improve the care provided.

I appreciate that this response does not address the concerns you raise about the Mental Health Act and medication, it is difficult to comment as we unaware of the specific details of the care you received. If you would like to discuss this matter in more detail please contact myself or the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), 0800 328 2941, pals@merseycare.nhs.uk

Our mental health services for adult and older people have recently moved from the Aintree site to a new location, Clock View. This building has been designed to improve the experience of patients by providing a therapeutic environment that has light and airy spaces, individual bedrooms for privacy and dignity, as well as communal activity areas and inner courtyard gardens to aid people’s recovery.

Kim Guy, Patient Experience


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Update posted by isabella123 (the patient)

I will ring you in the next few days