"Mental Health"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as the patient),

I suffered from mental ill-health in December 2007 and am recovering well thanks to the service provided by the NHS and my aftercare team in Nottingham.

I was admitted and sectioned at Queens Medical Hospital where I recieved treatment until I was feeling better and assessed by the doctor to come out. I was in Hospital for a period of six months. I was sectioned for 3 months and was suppossed to leave hospital after the 3 months but stayed for a further 3 months due to my accomodation being sorted. I can say this was the only problem I faced, the long wait to get accomodation. During this period I also noticed and talked to some fellow patients who were also well but still staying in hospital because their accomodation was not ready.

I can also say since I am African I expected to get an offer for some sort of African dishes on the menu, I found it hard to eat some of the dishes offered. They were Carribean and Indian dishes offered on the menu options. As I got better there were cookery classes offered where I was able to cook some food for myself which was very good for me.

When I got out of Hospital the services offered to me by my peer team was excellent and I am now doing voluntary work and working torwards enhancing my IT skills which I am currently doing at SPAN. This has been quite helpful in bringing my confidence back and social life.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on the services you received as an in-patient at QMC and about the time it took to find you suitable accomodation.

It is important for services to hear about the limited menu choices.Food can play an important part in a persons recovery and something that should be looked forward to.

We are pleased to hear that you are a volunteer and improving your I.T. skills. It is good to know your confidence and social life has improved as a result of SPAN's input.

I will forward you comments to the services you have highlighted for their information and feedback.


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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear FrankM

I am pleased that you have been able to find a path to recovery.

At SPAN (Vocational Services) we celebrate the fact that the people that use our services are often able to once more find their way in life.

I am pleased you are finding your way

Best wishes Tim

Vocational Services

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