"Cavendish unit Leigh infirmary- serious concerns"
About: Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic / Women's Mental Health Unit Leigh Infirmary Mh Oupatients Clinic Women's Mental Health Unit WN7 1HS
Posted by Daisy444 (as ),
I was admitted to the cavendish unit via the recovery team as a voluntary patient due to a drop in mood after a significant attempt to end my life in December.
I hoped the ward would provide a safe place for my medication to be increased till my sucidal thoughts reduced and I could be supported back in the community. Unfortunately the ward is in my opinion in crisis, the physical condition of the ward is terrible it is aged, holes in the walls, cigerette burns in every bathroom. Each shift is understaffed with the occurrence of two staff nurses supported by bank staff or care workers (4) to 25 women a regular occurrence. At night there are 4 staff available.
During the two weeks I remained on the ward I witnessed an extremely violent fight, which the staff did not physically intervene there was blood and hair left in the dinning area that patients cleaned up due to lack of staff (it was a night shift). I spoke to staff after a patient became intimidating and aggressive on 3 occasions to request help, the other patient assaulted me and I was moved into another room, the following day. They remained on the ward and I felt increasingly unsafe due to this. I had property lost that was given to the staff office for safe keeping and property stolen from my bed area by other patients.
Smoking within the ward dorms/ bathrooms and activity room is extremely common despite complaints and a lot of patients have lighters despite them being disallowed on the ward.
When requesting PRN medication I had brought in with me and received in the consecutive days prior I was told it wasn't wrote up and would need to be done so by a doctor. When this was done the medication was found to now be missing from the medication cabinet/ trolley and another ordered.
I discharged myself due to no longer feeling safe in the environment and will be complaining to Pals and the care commission upon discharge my medication was not prepared or sent to me for another 24 hours despite being told it will be ready for the afternoon. I cannot stress how bad I felt this unit is for anyone in crisis or struggling it really should be closed whilst investigated.