NHS and their way of dealing with mental health patients: Something isn't right.
by, 07-Nov-2010 at 20:27 (409 Views)
I am posting this here mainly because I regard myself as fairly anonymous on this site and it's the only place I feel comfortable venting about this kind of thing.
- For the last week or so, I have been suicidal.
- This afternoon I called NHS Direct, which is a service that the general public can use to get advice about illness/injury etc.
- NHS Direct got an out of hours doctor to ring me.
- The out of hours doctor sent another doctor round to my house for an initial assessment.
- This doctor decided I needed to go to A&E for an emergency psych assessment and admission to hospital.
- I waited at A&E for around 2 hours, but instead of a psychiatrist, a member of the crisis team talked to me.
- We talked for about an hour and a half, and then she told me there weren't any free beds and sent me home.
It just doesn't make sense to me. I am back at home, still suicidal (feeling worse if anything), because there are no beds. Mental health has to be the only area of medicine where if there isn't a free bed they just send you home. Any other illness, they would FIND a bed somewhere, MAKE space for you. They wouldn't send you home with a broken arm without setting it in plaster. Why should mental illness be any different? Is it OK for me to kill myself now, because they haven't got any room for me? It is a fatal flaw in the system (literally).
I have lost all faith in the NHS tonight. It was very difficult for me to pick up the phone in the first place, and then tell about 5 different people that I'm suicidal. I have got nothing out of it except stress, worry and humiliation. It was the first and the last time I will "ask for help".