"My daughter"

About: Highbury Hospital

(as a parent/guardian),

My daughter has been in psychiatric hospitals on several occasions - due for discharge next week. During this current admittance she was advised that her father has a terminal illness- understandably she had a set back in her recovery ....during one of her outings with myself she became very angry and stated kicking a pillar outside of the supermarket we were about to enter- I immediately brought her back to the hospital and asked for a room aside from the main lounge where she was able to express herself - screaming - shouting and then crying - which seemed to calm her ....

I asked the staff nurse if she could do this on a regular basis instead of being sedated ..... Her reply was we don't have the facility. Surely in the 21st century patients should be allowed to express their emotions without being pharmaceutically coshed!

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Response from Jo Horsley, Adult Mental Health Service Manager - Acute services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news and can only imagine how hard it is for you and your daughter to cope with. You are absolutely right we must ensure there are many different opportunities for patients to express their frustrations and we wouldn't consider relying only on pharmacoloigical treatments appropriate.

We do encourage patients to complete recovery and wellness plans which includes looking at alternative coping strategies and ways of managing all different emotions. Alongside nurses and psychiatrists we have support staff, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists who support us to provide a range of treatment options.

If you would like to contact me on the email or number below to discuss this further as I would like to hear what your daughter would find useful as we are always looking for ways to improve our services.

Kind Regards


Acute operational manager


01159691300 ext 14105

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