"Why can't I use my laptop?"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

I have a laptop that has had the WiFi disabled, but I am not allowed to use it on the ward to make my music.

I make music when I am frustrated and angry, it helps me to calm down and keeps me out of trouble.

Please explain to me why I cannot use it.

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

Hi Jori8,

I’m sorry that access to your lap top has been restricted, especially as you mention how important it is to you wellbeing and recovery. Staff ask patients to hand in personal equipment for a variety of reasons to protect safety and loss. Can I suggest that you discuss how you feel with your primary nurse or the ward manager and see if a compromise can be found. If you are still unhappy about the decision you can contact me on 01623 784770 and Ill be happy to discuss this with you. The Trust are currently looking at ways in which we can provide IT and WiFi safely to inpatients and consulting with patients on this policy. We do recognise how important this can be to a persons recovery.

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Response from Community Forensics OT, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Jori 8,

Thankyou for raising your concern

The Wells Road Centre has a policy in place which has been set up to control access to unsuitable material. PC's and Lap tops in particular are sophisticated devices and as technology changes constantly our ability to ensure that these are being used responsibly becomes difficult.

We do recognise that PC's can be useful and have therapeutic value. We have installed a PC on the ward for this reason which we are able to check and control access. This can be used for word processing and various other programmes and software including music and production. We also have a music studio which you are able to access as part of your activity plan.

Ward Manager

Thurland ward

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