The Royal Bethlem Hospital is set in beautiful grounds in a very nice area. It has good facilities such as community hall, swimming pool, art and crafts centre. You do not see this under the local hospital care. However, since Elizabeth’s admission for a “drug free” period as promised by the leading Professor attached to this hospital, the first thing that was offered to her was the dreadful drug Clozapine which she has refused on several occasions. Following this the Consultant Psychiatrist went ahead against my wishes and reduced her by 150mg off the Seroquel – then he mixed this with Olanzapine which has the highest rate of suicide and linked to law suits in the States and Professor David Healy identified this high risk in suicide in his research.
I am apalled at what they are doing at this so called specialist hospital and have had to complain about the care. When someone clearly wishes to come off prescribed drugs and has multiple diagnoses, when the drugs clearly do not work and noone can give scientific proof as to a diagnosis then what right do these doctors have to prescribe harmful drugs leading to long term health problems and against a patient’s wishes when that patient has signed a declaration stating no more scientific experimentation.
The Maudsley Royal Bethlem Hospital does not live up to its name. “Its all about Clozapine here” said the lead nurse. The ~Consultant Psychiatrist sat there at the meeting today smugly smiling along with the psychologist until I commented and that took the smile off her face instantly. It was a waste of a precious day holiday from work and I got very upset at the meeting and had with me a close family friend. The Consultant Psychiatrist threatened to have me arrested by security staff and I was led downstairs by other members of staff. The social worker is nice but certainly a doctor who smiles and a psychologist likewise are not professional in their approach and especially in the way they choose not to listen to a patient’s wishes and to ignore the declarations I have sent them as regards the safety of what they are doing. None have been returned signed and this says it all.
I am extremely upset with this hospital that they are not doing what the Professor said and therefore cannot possibly give an accurate assessment. Nothing was done properly as to take someone off such a steep amount of any drug leads to imbalance of behaviour and then the patient is punished by being put on a section and then being allowed out for only 3 hrs. This meant that my visits were restricted and I had to get cabs back to the hospital as I was threatened I would be arrested if she was late.
THIS IS CARE? THIS IS NOT CARE IN A SO CALLED CIVILISED COUNTRY AT ALL. IT IS DIGUSTING ABUSE AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT DESERVE THE TITLE OF “ROYAL”. IT IS WRONG TO TREAT VULNERABLE PATIENTS IN THIS WAY AND MANY HAVE NO RELATIVES AND MANY HAVE NO VISITORS TO BACK THEM BUT I BELIEVE IN FIGHTING AND IF SOMETHING IS WRONG YOU SHOULD SPEAK OUT ABOUT IT AND I BELIEVE IT IS AGAINST GOD THAT SUCH VULNERABLE AND WEAKENED PATIENTS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF PSYCHIATRISTS WHO CANNOT EVEN PROVE SCIENTIFICALLY WHAT CAUSES A MENTAL ILLNESS.
DR TRACY GIVES BRILLIANT ADVICE ON HER WEBSITE www.drugawareness.org and the new private psychiatrist that I appointed is an Orthomolecular Psychiatrist and this should be offered as a choice for patients under the NHS whose care is all about drugs when a patient complains about serious side effects the NHS ignore the complaints.
Now I am having to get solicitors involved – this is CARE UNDER THE NHS EVEN AT A TOP LEADING HOSPITAL – IT IS ALL THE SAME HOWEVER WHY IS THE OTHER THINGS ON OFFER AT MAUDSLEY NOT GIVEN TO LOCAL ACUTE WARDS.
THE BEST SOLUTION IS CAMBION FOUR STAR WARDS THAT OFFER EVERYTHING THAT THE MAUDSLEY HAVE TO OFFER BUT MORE. ON THESE WARDS PATIENTS ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND NOT LIKE PRISONERS.
AT EARTH HOUSE IN AMERICA PATIENTS ARE TREATED AGAIN WITH RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION AND ARE CALLED STUDENTS RATHER THAN PATIENTS. THIS IS THE KIND OF CARE I WANT TO SEE IN THIS COUNTRY NOT JUST DRUG PUSHING AS THE DRUGS SIMPLY DO NOT WORK AND A STUDY BY DR MALCOLM BOWERS OF YALE UNIVERSITY CITES HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING PSYCHOTIC ON THESE DRUGS AND THAT SAYS IT ALL.
I BELIEVE IT IS THE DRUGS THEMSELVES THAT ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEMS WITH ELIZABETH AND COMING OFF THEM YOU NEED HELP AND THERE IS NO HELP – NOONE WANTS TO KNOW ONCE YOU ARE LABELLED WITH A CONDITION TO WHICH THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER.
DOCTORS HAVE FAR TOO POWER AND REVEL IN IT – THEY ARE ABUSING VULNERABLE PATIENTS AND SO ARE THE TEAMS INVOLVED AS THEIR JOBS AND SALARIES DEPEND ON IT.
MAY GOD GIVE JUSTICE ONE DAY TO THE PEOPLE SUFFERING LIKE MY DAUGHTER UNDER THE CONTROL OF PSYCHIATRY.