Posted by PB
I have been seen by the Perinatal Services for the past year or so. I have found the treatment to be mixed. I have seen four different consultants which can make things a bit difficult. I spent just two days on the ward as a voluntary patient, my short stay wasnt due to the team however, it was my own issues with feeling trapped on the ward. I found the ward staff to be generally very caring and supportive. The ward itself is a bit dull considering there are young babies on there.
I have had more involvement with the perinatal community team. I have found this a somewhat negative experience overall. I feel the team is too small to manage the care efficiently as there are only two commumity nurses, one of which is part time. I'm sad to say i have felt somewhat threatened a couple of times into agreeing to things that i do not want to.
I also think a few decisions about my care have been made 'behind the scenes' without my involvement. I have never seen or even been offered a care plan despite asking for a copy several times. I was told i was going to be referred for CBT with a nurse who was trained in it on the ward, this never happened.
A lot of situations seem to be blown out of proportion i think for fear of litigation, which is not really the staffs fault, however this has had a negative effect on my mental health.
My overall opinion of the community team is that if you are quite ill, they are too quick to try and get you admitted, rather than support you in the community. I also feel that some of the healthcare professionals are on a bit of a power trip and if you disagree with them a few times, you are too much trouble for them.