"I would feel like I was in prison"

About: Wathwood Hospital

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

If they lock us up after 20. 00 I would feel like I was in prison which I don't at the moment. In the evenings we like to socialise, play games and watch films on Sky TV in the communal lounge. Often we like to watch sport on Sky which is only available in the ward lounge. We like to be able to have snacks from the kitchen before going to bed. Much of this happens after 20. 00. Locking me up after this would make me feel bad. I think it would affect our relationship with the staff. I hope the Trust will reconsider this policy. Often we are only able to access fresh air after 20. 00.

(Transcribed on behalf of patient)

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you for your posting about how you feel. I have spoken to managers at Wathwood and other Forensic services about this. They are happy to reply in more detail both on the Patient Opinion website and in patient forums where this was first discussed.

Please be reassured that any plans to bring about changes would be discussed with patients first.

Thank you again for taking the time to feedback and telling us how this would affect you if you couldn't socialise at night.

You can expect a further reply to your posting with more information.

Best Wishes


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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your feedback on ‘night time confinement’. At the recent Trust board meeting held at Wathwood Hospital there was discussion looking at the evaluation of night time confinement at Rampton High Secure hospital.

Overall, the evaluation was very positive and demonstrated that most patients at the hospital had found night time confinement helpful.

At the end of the meeting Dr Mike Harris, the Executive Director for the service asked that a paper regarding the possibility of night time confinement at Arnold Lodge medium secure unit be considered at the next board meeting in March subject to the paper being approved by the executive team of the Trust.

It was agreed that the consultation paper on the potential for night time confinement programme at Arnold Lodge would be presented at the next Trust board meeting in March.

The proposal is one of many possibilities being examined to look at efficiencies within Arnold Lodge and would, if agreed have a projected implementation date of 2016. The paper actually suggests a very wide consultation with all stakeholders but most importantly the patients and staff at Arnold Lodge and the various regulating bodies.

If it does go ahead after the consultation it would initially be a pilot on 2 wards and a detailed evaluation on the benefits and difficulties before going any further.

Currently there are no plans to roll this out any further at Wathwood

I hope this offers some reassurance to the concerns that you have raised around and can we thank you again for raising the issue on the Patient Opinion Web Site

Steve Ball General Manager Wathwood Hospital

Hazel Hayward General Manager Arnold Lodge

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