"Treatment of Patient with Mental Health issues"

About: Royal Stoke University Hospital

(as the patient),

Being a Mental Health patient I have been disturbed by the number of Health professionals who seem to disregard patients.

I have had 3 Strokes and suffer from severe migraine attacks which sometimes require visits to the A&E, at these times I and my family frequently get told that, there is nothing wrong, mental patients when feeling unwell just need the attention.

On one of these occasions I was sent home only to have a stroke a few days later, health professionals need to understand to at times put aside the mental health of the patient and actually diagnose the real physical illness's that people have.

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Response from Stroke Association, Stroke Information Service, Stroke Association


Our Ref: 151275

Dear pgh2007

I was sorry to hear of your strokes and the lack of understanding you have received from health professionals.

You might know that there is a link between migraine and stroke. You may have a slightly increased risk of stroke if you have certain types of migraine. It can also be difficult to tell the difference between stroke and migraine when the symptoms are happening. Unless you have other risk factors as well, you are still very unlikely to have a stroke if you suffer from migraines. However, risk factors and stroke symptoms should always be taken seriously, especially if you have had strokes before. Our factsheet ‘Migraine and stroke’ has some more information about this. You can download this from the following page of our website:

Migraine and stroke

http: //www. stroke. org. uk/factsheet/migraine-and-stroke

Please note you can download our full range of leaflets and factsheets free of charge from our website www. stroke. org. uk.

As the leading stroke charity in the UK, we know we need to change attitudes towards stroke. We are always disappointed to hear that people have felt disregarded or written off. Our Campaigns team work with stroke survivors, families, decision makers and medics to prevent stroke, raise awareness and improve services. If you would like to join us in our work you could join our campaigners’ network: http: //www. stroke. org. uk/campaigns/signup.

You can also share your story through our online discussion forum: http: //www. stroke. org. uk/talkstroke.

I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to contact us again. The helpline can offer information about stroke, signposting to local services and someone to talk to. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on 0303 30 33 100.

Yours sincerely

Douglas Youngson

Stroke Information Service

info@stroke. org. uk

Stroke Association staff are not medically trained and the information provided does not replace information given to you by your own healthcare provider.

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Response from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post this comment. We will investigate the matter further and respond to you in full as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Andrew Ashcroft

Senior Communications Manager

Response from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dear pgh2007

Thank you for your comment. We are sorry you feel you were treated inappropriately. The Trust endeavours to assess and treat all our patients as effectively as possible. If you would like to contact us to discuss your case we would be happy to investigate the matter further for you.

Andrew Ashcroft

Senior Communications Manager