"Birch Ward = Hell for anyone with an eating..."
About: West Park Hospital West Park Hospital DL2 2TS
Posted by Meesha40
Felt strongly about this for a long time now ! I was an inpatient, voluntary ha! In 2013. I hardly saw my so called Consultant who seemed to preoccupied with furthering career and personal learning by concentrating on a small number of patients. I was very much left to "the system" .
This ward did have positives, few and far between, but must give a huge mention to the OT staff.....best therapists there in my opinion and so careing.
My time on Birch ..... Where do I start ! It was run like an army barracks with section threat punishments given often to keep those who dared to express themselves.
At the run up to my discharge one particular member of staff with a most unpleasant character said "do you know what your discharge plan is ?"
I said no, I hadn't been informed.
They proceeded to smirk, and raised their eyebrows. " may not be what you are expecting" they replied .They then walked away. Needless to say I was sent in a state of stress and worry considering I have a young child and had complied with everything asked of me ! Was that necessary really ? One of many occasions that staff treated me in such a cruel way.
I have been left with a life in shatters and no confidence. I don't know who I am supposed to be anymore. Also developed horrendous separation anxiety and a fear of hospital admissions. No faith in the mental health system at all.
I am disgusted that a care system which constantly fails it's patients is allowed to continue in its present state and our so called enlightened times.