"Hammersmith and Fulham mental health unit"
About: Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit London W6 8NF
Posted by A Unique Individual (as ),
I have been a patient at this unit since the end of 2007. In that time I was not kept safe and was sexually and financially exploited by another patient on Lillie Ward, had my confidentiality broken by a Consultant Psychiatrist and was stripped for years of any dignity and respect.
I was consistently ignored by staff, was generally only given escorted when I nagged for it ( so I gave up nagging which meant I never received it) and was treated as a diagnosis rather then a UNIQUE human being.
I can honestly say, sadly, that the biggest place I have received the greatest stigma for my mental health was by staff inside the mental health system itself. My crisis plan says that if I get seriously mentally ill again and I am to be admitted to a 'safe' place it would be to Hammersmith and Fulham unit - but I have been so traumatised by my experiences I would rather die then be 'cared for' in that hospital ever again.
It stripped me and my life of anything that was beautiful. Because of the visiting times my friends couldn't see me, they was no nature, no trees or flowers, there was nothing to do and noone to talk to except other patients.
So it is the other patients I thank for their care and compassion that they gave when in my view staff were giving none.