"Concerns about my wife's treatment"
About: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health Lincoln LN4 2HN
Posted by tam2 (as ),
I am concerned about the care my wife is receiving for her depression. I am a mental health professional in a Trust in another county so feel I am making valid comments on her treatment.
She has a diagnosis of severe depression and her medication was increased 5 weeks ago. She is now, in my opinion, over medicated - drowsy and very over sedated. If I was treating a patient in this state I would be asking for a medication review. This has not been done in my wife's case because no-one has seen her since the medication increase to check how she is responding to the increase in medication. I note that Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has stated they are fully compliant with NICE guidelines - these state
"For people started on antidepressants who are not considered to be at increased risk of suicide, normally see them after 2 weeks. See them regularly thereafter, for example at intervals of 2 to 4 weeks in the first 3 months, and then at longer intervals if response is good."
They are, it appears, in this instance not compliant in this important area.
My wife has also continually requested CBT for her depression but has continually been refused it - again this is not showing compliance with NICE guidelines.
I feel strongly that the care she is being given would not be acceptable where I work .
If LPFT are declaring complaince with NICE guidelines should they not be making sure their staff are doing so?