"Avoid, avoid, avoid."

The medical staff on the ward, the qualified nurses etc are generally very good, the unqualified agency workers below (Health Care Assistants - only in someone's dreams) are pleasant but unqualified and often ill informed.

The Dr's and consultants at the top of the tree I'm afraid, don't give a shit. You may see them for 30-40 minutes within 7 days when they bother to descend into the land of the common person but even then, they only manage to demonstrate their contempt for patients, and in my case, a complete disparity between their view of you, and actual reality.

Having self admitting myself following a failed suicide attempt I was looking for help, and at the end of 7 days I confessed at the review meeting that I was suicidal, self harming (whilst under their care) and was having visions of hurting others, I feared being committed.

Lolol no I was discharged into the care of the GP.

I was led in tears, to reception, to hail a cab.

But they did make a note of the clothing I was wearing, so they could identify my body if I killed myself on the way home, which I thought was caring.

Is it their fault, the Trusts fault, government budgets, poor Dr's.....I don't know?

But I left there mentally the same as when I went in, physically worse, and in a nutshell no one gave a toss.

This review won't be published, they like to pretend all is well.

Good luck if you are admitted, if you have a choice, try elsewhere, if you want yo get well.

Me?? I'm still looking.

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Response from Dorothy Pattison Hospital

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of your concerns. Our aim is to provide the best possible care and treatment for service users and to help us do that we welcome feedback from you, your family and carers. If you would like to discuss the issues raised further, please contact The Service Experience Desk (SED) which is the central point of contact for all concerns and enquiries, whether these are formal or informal complaints, compliments or suggestions. You can contact SED on 0300 555 0535 or email SED@dwmh.nhs.uk

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