"High doses of medication took away all quality of life"

About: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

I get 6-8 weekly home visits from STAR worker - recovery every two weeks, a visit from community nurse for team.

Company is very therapeutic, I feel that Helen has got a talent for uplifting my moods, and I feel she treats me as an equal and not as a patient, which is a great confidence booster for myself. She is great company. I'm very satisfied with everything. I find Helen to be of great support and a dynamic personality.

My community nurse Peter is more like a friend than a nurse, and I can talk to him about anything. I'm very comfortable with everything that is happening with my care plan.

In the past I needed a lot of support, but thank goodness now I can stand on my own two feet, and I'm not so needy.

The only thing I've ever needed to complain about is the dosage of my medication in the past, as this made me dysfunctional. And it makes me feel for anyone on this type of medication. People who are on medication are not counted as sane, but from my own experience I was put on very high doses of medication, which took away all quality of life. I did not think any differently and certain doctors when I commented on not being able to function properly would tell me I am being stroppy, which I wasn't.

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Response from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Many thanks for your feedback about your care and medication. It was great to hear about the support from your Community Nurse and that everything was happening with your care plan. The issues you raise around your medication need to be looked into further so we can learn from what you are telling us.

So we can do this, please could you contact me via my email steven.edwards@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Steven Edwards

Service Experience Manager

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

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