"My care after overdose and self harm"
About: King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) / Accident and emergency King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) Accident and emergency London SE5 9RS
Posted by C1234 (as ),
I cut my wrists and arm took an overdose of prescription medication with the intent of harming myself.
WhIle the nursing staff were very good and caring, I have some concerns.
My wounds were not stitched. I was told by a doctor that this was because it was over 12 hours since the cut that I attended so bacteria had got into the wounds and would be trapped in there - but they were then sealed with steri-strips so surely the same applies. I said I was worried that they would scar badly and the doctor just said 'they might', seeming not to care. I am now worried I will have ugly scars.
I received no treatment for an overdose that I thought had made me possibly fit (I was semi-consciously aware of jerking) and pass out.
No blood tests were taken.
I just had an ECG and I wasn't given any treatment although I could see my blood preessure and heart rate were very high. I am concerned the overdose could have done damage to my organs and this wasn't discussed with me. I was very disoriented and felt unwell but got no help. I feel very worried I have done permanent damage to myself.
I was told I needed a tetanus injection but this wasn't given.
I was left alone a lot although very distressed. I feel I wasn't communicated with about my treatment and what the effects of the overdose might be. I feel I received lesser care as I had self-harmed and this is distressing.