"Patient :1 month, Bluebell Ward, age: 28,..."

If your family member gets psychosis I would advise caution in taking them to this particular hospital. Perhaps first check if they can try some drug treatments whilst at home. This may be preferable, The Crisis team/ metal health services may be able to support you in this route. Though if they have psychosis, someone (in your family) may need to give up work to essentially baby sit them, for perhaps 1 month, whilst they trial drug treatments and recover.This hospital is under staffed and over stretched. It is nothing other than a prison where they drug people until they think they are better. Consider if your said family member truly deserves to be sent to prison for their mental health issue and bear in mind they will no doubt be scarred for life, as I am (PTSD) after there attendance there. A special new trauma to add to their life. The psychiatrists themselves are fine, perhaps but they are sadly not the ones who will care for your family member at a day to day level. This is done my nurses. Some of these are good people, who want to really help, but, they have no time to help. Some are not good people, I am not sure their motivation for working their but I suspect it is not from a good place. They perhaps enjoy control over vulnerable people? Maybe they can not find work elsewhere who knows but in my opinion they are not suitable to do their job well and protect the best interests of your vulnerable loved ones. Do not leave your sister, child, parent at their hands and assume it will all be fine. It will not be. These "nurses" do not seem to be educated well enough to look for the obvious: adverse side effects to the very serious cocktail of dangerous chemicals the psychiatrist will no doubt prescribe for your kin. This medicine is nothing more than an experiment. The psychiatrist does not know whether the patient will behave well or badly to their drug treatments, and in an attempt to fix their brain, they put the body at risk to, at its worst, death. My heart rate went up to over 200 beats per minute whilst on my first psychiatric drug, this was so dangerous that once they believed me, the nurses would not listen, checked my pulse, rushed me to their medical centre, phoned my parents (I was in danger) and called presumably back up incase my heart gave way. So for me personally my first antipsychotic drug put my life at risk. Why you ask, how awful. The answer is simple, Money. I was switched from a slow release drug very quickly to a fast release drug, incidentally I am a 48KG female who is very sensitive to any drug influence. Psychiatrist :Okay??? perhaps. But the rest of the staff?? Some good, Some Bad. A lot of chaos. I was there due to own psychosis I actually was mistaken for someone who worked there by some patients visitors as I politely noticed and assisted them when they were disorientated and looking for someone to explain where there family member was. Mostly drugs is all they offer.

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Response from Prospect Park Hospital

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. It will help us to improve services moving forward. We recognise the role that carers play and have a strategy group which oversees the implementation of policies for carers locally. I'm sorry that you feel that care revolves around the prescription of medication and that you found the care provided by staff to be variable. I have contacted senior staff to make them aware of your experiences. Please contact me so that we can discuss this in greater detail and provide you with a full response.

Alternatively, you could contact your local Healthwatch organisation for assistance. Contact details can be found on our website www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk

Yours Sincerely,

Trevor Lyalle

Patient Advice & Liaison Service

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 0118 9605027 e mail: bht@berkshire.nhs.uk

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