"Lack of compassion during mental health crisis"
About: East Surrey Hospital / Accident and emergency East Surrey Hospital Accident and emergency RH1 5RH
Posted by MA74 (as ),
After taking an overdose, I voluntarily went to this hospital to receive some help.
After attempts at getting blood from me were abandoned because my veins had collapsed and I had a severe panic attack, I was told by the Junior Doctor that she would rather treat people that wanted to live.
I was also accused of being unco-operative and difficult and told that I would have to wait several hours for treatment. After being in such pain from the blood taking attempts I walked out of the hospital and attempted to take another overdose at home. Fortunately a friend intervened.
This whole experience has left me with a severe needle phobia and I will never visit a hospital again when experiencing a mental health crisis. At a time when I was most vulnerable I needed to be treated with compassion and care. This was not what I received.