"My experiences of Wigan, Ashton and Leigh mental health services"
About: Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT / Emergency GP out of hours service Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT Emergency GP out of hours service Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic / Assertive Outreach Team Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic Assertive Outreach Team WN7 1HS Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic / Rivington Unit (PICU) Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic Rivington Unit (PICU) WN7 1HS Pennington Unit / Early Intervention Team - Wigan & Leigh Pennington Unit Early Intervention Team - Wigan & Leigh WN7 1HS
Posted by caringmum (as ),
My son has been recieving "care" for approx 7 years.
While I find most of the staff in general to be genuine and caring, there are times when I have felt my son is an inconvenience.
There is a high demand for professional help, especially at a time of crisis. Mental health covers a wide range of conditions, but the services and resources are somewhat limited, and extremely stretched. The key focus is from a medical model, where research shows that therapy offers much more succesful long term benefits.
We have been in several situations where we have waited long periods for a bed to become available, and in the meantime have been left to cope with my son's illness at home. In my experience the crisis team have been of little use, and their response in an emergency has been weak.
The staff I meet on Lakeside seem pushed to their limits as they have so few staff on duty, while the PICU unit has higher numbers of staff but appear less stressed. Information is confusing, and not always correctly passed on.
My heart bleeds for those coming into contact for the first time as they have no idea what a bumpy road lies ahead. You think a stay in hospital will be beneficial, but several times my son has left hospital in a worse state than when he was admitted.
An urgent and intensive review of the day to day care available is needed.