" A&E an inappropriate place for a mental health patient in crisis"
About: Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities / Adult Community Mental Health Teams Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Adult Community Mental Health Teams Leicester LE19 1SS Leicester Royal Infirmary / Accident and emergency Leicester Royal Infirmary Accident and emergency Leicester LE1 5WW
Posted by Ned (as ),
We 'Mentals' are told to go to A&E in out of hours even in working hours. For many this is distressing to just go out, My experience has been that 'we' ME are an inconvenience and can expect to wait in a chair as beds "are not for the likes off you".
Why is A&E not supporting mental health patients? There is no care for overdosing and over 8 hours plus wait 'to be seen'. I have witnessed staff and heard staff say about other patients "it's her again" in response to someone clearly in distress. I have listened to a patient asking for water and then having to justify why she wanted some water.
I tried to get the attention of nurses who stand around chatting whilst doctors are rushing around. I then manage to 'catch someone' and ask for some water and ended up apologising when it was a doctor who quite happily got me some despite several nurses still chatting about what happened when them and another nurse had gone out.
Personally I am unusually mentally distressed and then you shove me along to EDU with seemingly no explanation, care or compassion. I believe they should fine LPT when they fail there patients. They need to be made more responsive to crisis.