"Depression and Physical Health Problems. Admitted to B50"

(as a staff member posting for a carer/relative),

Depression has been a problem for my wife on and off, for about 18 months. In early September 2012 my wife became breathless on exertion, short walks were a problem.

By the end of September she required an emergency admission to B3 at the QMC in Nottingham and was transferred to the High Dependancy Unit being diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism. The problem began to resolve and her physical recovery began, however, depression became a major problem for her.

The decision was made to transfer her to B50 under the care of Dr P. The ward managed her physical medications and stabilized her blood warfarin levels while treating her depression. My wife enjoyed her stay, especially on B50 and has appreciated the tremendous skills and help provided.

The services she particularly liked included the Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist as well as the physical and mental health treatments provided by the staff.

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Response from Helen Forrester, Ward Manager, Cherry Ward Highbury Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to feedback to us your wife's experiences at the QMC both for her physical and mental health problems. I'm pleased to note that the input she received on B50 helped her on the road to recovery, indeed that all professional groups involved with her care played a part in helping her to get well again.

I'm sure the Physio and OT will be pleased to hear that they provided an valuable service to your wife, they are often the 'unsung heroes' of helping people to get back home.

Thanks again for your feedback, it is a real boost to our team to know that we have been of help.

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