I was experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and when I became unable to complete a sentence or walk to the bathroom, my GP advised me to go to hospital. I have mental health difficulties and one of the staff recognised me from when I had been admitted previously, following a suicide attempt. I felt that I was treated like a 'frequent flyer' of A&E and that my symptoms were taken less seriously than they would have been otherwise. I was sent home after my tests for Covid came back negative and was told that it was just anxiety.
I got much worse over the coming days. If I had tested negativ
The NHS web page summarises:
How capacity is assessed
What is 'best interests'
Deprivation of liberty
Advanced statements and decisions
Lasting powers of attorney
The court of protection
My much loved daughter-in-law, Mariana Pinto, died on 16 October 2016. She was 32. Her tragic and unexpected death raised many questions for us about standard practice by psychiatric services and about patient safety.
The evening before she died, Mariana was taken by ambulance to her local A&E department, escorted by four police officers, and handcuffed for her own safety. She was psychotic – delusional, paranoid, violent and very distressed. She had attacked her husband (my son) who had visible bite marks, scratches and bruises. It was a first episode and totally out of character.
This powerful, honest, blog by Alison Cameron describes what its like to be a patient in a mental health unit. She calls for mixed sex wards to be eradicated within mental health units, better staffing and increased trauma training for staff. Her recount reinforces the importance of patient dignity, respect and humanising patient care within the mental health setting.