"Patient Experience at Becklin Centre"
About: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health LS15 8ZB
Posted by SHENIC23 (as ),
I drove myself to the Becklin centre after two weeks of working as a full time chef and full time event manager. The final week I worked on average 20 hour days.
I was pretty settled when I arrived until all my freedom and human rights were taken away from me. I began to get frustrated and frustrated that before admission I was on no medication and once in the hospital setting I began to get offered medication left right and centre. In my notes it was written as "refusing" medication. I was making a choice.
Once I had admitted myself to hospital, after a period of working at unusually high, yet productive and safe levels, I began to experience some of the power that the human mind is capable of. It was a shame I was in an environment where this would have been dismissed if I felt it was a good idea to talk about my experiences, which I didn't!
On one day in particular, at the height of my brain activity, my behaviour was misunderstood and having been there of my own volition it was recommended that I be put on a section 3. For this to be possible consent is needed from a next of kin and a second party (a social work and another doctor) must give their assessment. This is where things get worrying for me.
The social worker told my Dad and the Dr who made the initial recommendation for section, that I thought I was three different people at times and that I was hearing voices. Neither of these statements were true and at no point was it even attempted to find out from me whether they had been accurate in the diagnoses. I could have told them then this was wrong. As a consequence it was then possible to detain me and medicate me, if necessary, against my will.
How can it be acceptable to place a patient on a section, which takes away freedom and human rights, based on a mis-diagnosis?