"Mental Health Advocates"
Posted by The Comp (as ),
My daughter was admitted to a mental health unit two weeks ago. Firstly, she was due to see a consultant last Wednesday but a consultant never appeared and no explanation was offered as to why, so my daughter, who has been very ill, has had to wait a week to be properly assessed. Hopefully she will be seen today - apparently, consultants only visit weekly. A friend suggested I request a mental health advocate to be with her during the consultation, to support her, as I work full-time so could not attend with her. I was unaware that I could request this and rang the ward this morning. I was told that it would not be possible at such short notice, and that there is a waiting list, but that they would arrange for an advocate to visit my daughter and to be with her during future consultations. Advocacy Service availability should be clearly specified, on admission, to patients/relatives, as others, like myself, may not be aware of the service. I have voiced my concerns to the PALS Service.