"Mental health issues with my son and our experience of access to help"

About: Bassetlaw Hospital

(as a relative),

Recently my son has been seriously affected by 'adjustment disorder'. Whilst the help he has received lately has been fantastic and of the highest quality, getting there was an arduous task!

It appears that mental health issues affecting children are not catered for in mainstream hospitals where it seemed to us that the health professionals really didn't know what to do for my son other than sedate him to prevent chaos on the ward rather than treat him appropriately. I have no argument with the care of the hospital as physical issues are dealt with expediently and effectively, but the treatment of mental health in children appears to me to be an overlooked discipline.

Although the doctors in the hospital tried rigorously, access to specialist services was obstructive in terms of hours of operation and even finding a point of contact.

Once this had been established and my son referred for help elsewhere his path to recovery was greatly accelerated with the help of willing professionals who were able to put him (and us) at ease and provide skills to help him.

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for feeding back to us - I'm sorry you have had such trouble in getting the care for your son that he needed. I'm glad he is now having a better time. I shall pass your comments on to the Team involved and see if we can get some more information, which could help others in your position.

Many thanks for contacting us and I hope your son continues to benefit from our services.

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