"I felt the nursing staff had a negative attitude to those on methadone"

About: Northern General Hospital

(as the patient),

Whilst on the MAU 1 ward I was accused of taking illicit substances, I frequently went outside to smoke cigarettes and I believe the nursing staff was watching me on the CCTV, I was regularly tested for illicit use all of which proved negative.

I have been drug free for 8 years but felt the nursing staff had a negative attitude to those who are on a methadone prescription and made assumptions about me. I felt like I was spoken to in a derogatory manner and there was no follow up from metal health service afterwards.

I am disappointed by what I perceive as a lack of knowledge and training about substance misuse in the nursing staff.

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Response from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us.

We are very sorry to hear that you felt our staff made assumptions about you,.

We would like to look into your concerns and would be grateful if you could contact our Patient Services Team on 0114 271 3085 or email PST@sth.nhs.uk in order for us to obtain more information.