"Destroyed My Life"

I went to speak to the psychiatrists about stress and work and difficulty sleeping. I did not get on with the consultant who simply stated that everything I told them about which was causing me stress was not happening. I was kept for 3 weeks as a voluntary patient and told that contrary to the law and the information leaflets provided I could only leave if I got the on call doctor to officially sign me out and discharged myself even though I had not received any counselling. I believe this directly contributed to the loss of my job. Insisting that I wanted to be referred to a service which could help since the doctor I was seeing had been pushing to put me on medication since our introduction, before I even told them why I was there. I was told they could not force me to take medication, however this is only orally. Patients who refuse oral medication are injected with much stronger medication. The mental health system is the perfect example of why nobody should be paid by one party for a service done to a second party. Statistically the doctor has treated another case while factually they have provided terrible service and failed to do their job as described by any dictionary.

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Response from Acute Mental Health Unit & Day Hospital

I am truly saddened and concerned to hear about your experience whilst an inpatient and would very much like to hear from you directly to discuss this further to ensure this is never repeated.

In the last 8 months the inpatient services have undergone a significant change in management and medical cover and we are continuing to work on service improvement plans to ensure the highest standards of care are delivered on an individualised basis.

Serena Trevey

Service Manager

Acute Inpatients

Adult Inpatient Division

Peter Hodgkinson Centre

Tel: 01522 573553