"Treated Differently"

About: Arnold Lodge Regional Secure Unit

(as the patient),

It is felt that patients on Ridgeway and Cannock Ward are punished for having a Personality Disorder. Also we are males and seem to be treated different to the females with Personality Disorder's.

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Response from Jennie Palmer-Vines, Therapy Services Manager & Involvement Lead, Arnold Lodge, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust

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Hi Poster705

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your posting. I am sorry to hear that you feel that male Personality Disorder patients at Arnold Lodge are being treatly differently to women patients. We try to ensure that we provide an equitable service to all patients across the unit and consider the diversity and individual needs of our patients, including yourself. As a result of this, patients may receive different services according to their assessed clinical needs.

You have not mentioned anything specifically in your comment regarding examples of being treated differently, or ways in which you feel discriminated against. Having spoken to the Clinical Team for the Personality Disorder carestream, they are very keen to work with you individually to address your concerns. Alternatively, please liaise with the Independent Advocacy Service to raise your concerns on your behalf.

Hopefully you are also aware of the other mechanisms that you can use to address your concerns. These are the ward community meetings, the Patients' Forum and the complaints system, both informally and formally, although our preference is always to resolve issues locally whenever possible.

Thanks again for your posting. I really hope that we can work with you to resolve any concerns that you have.

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