I attended the weekly ward meeting today with a close family friend but gained no further information from the Consultant Psychiatrist and team. It was a waste of time.
Elizabeth said she was told she could only come off the ward escorted for just 1 hour a day.
When I went in with the close family friend I was told 2 hours. Anyway that is an improvement I suppose but I am not allowed to take her out alone – I have had every security check done on me and I believe this is an infringement of my daughter’s human rights. Whilst she is on Section 3 which was forced upon me otherwise I would have lost recognition as being nearest relative, my daughter is of no danger to the public whatsoever and is couped up on the ward for most of the time. She has ballooned in weight since being put on Olanzapine and has been given a new tablet and does not even know what it is – this is terrible that a patient is not even informed and is so drugged up to their necks they are completely disregarded. It was Elizabeth’s wish to be reduced off medication but that is not to say completely taken off. She signed a declaration before coming to this ward and had a letter in writing from Professor Murray promising a drug free period. He now is no longer anything to do with the unit where my daughter is and all the promises have come to nothing. So, my daughter is looking pale and bloated and has put on tremendous weight. She is on about her 14th mind altering LSD like drug and is being manipulated as I see it. Rethink are the advocates and were nowhere to be seen at this meeting. It is recommended by NICE guidelines that advocates are present but the Consultant Psychiatrist was keen to say that they have been involved and have visited Elizabeth on her own and they have informed him that she does not want the family to see her files and in other words know what is going on. Elizabeth was in the meeting and when I put the question to her the consultant psychiatrist butted in and did not allow her to speak. I then offered to go out as if she did not want me personally to see the files then the rest of the family should be allowed to have information – she after all signed several letters before she was drugged up like this and in a better way to allow the family to see what was going on but this is being denied and I believe that she has been so weakened by the powers of this consultant psychiatrist that she simply does not have any rights any more. HER RIGHTS ARE BEING ABUSED AND I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHETHER RETHINK VISIT THAT OFTEN AND BESIDES MY DAUGHTER LOVED COMING OFF THE WARD AND GOING TO THE LOCAL SHOPPING CENTRES, BEING OUT IN THE FRESH AIR – GETTING OFF THE WARD WHERE SHE FINDS IT STRESSFUL. SHE DID SAY SHE FELT VERY TIRED AND IF SHE HAS BEEN PUT ON AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF DRUGS – THE MOST HAS BEEN 800MG THEN IT IS NO WONDER WHY SHE IS TIRED AND LETHARGIC BUT NOONE KNOWS WHAT DRUG SHE IS ON – SHE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE METHADONE.
Anyway I typed a list of questions and got no answers about the medication whatsoever and Elizabeth sat there quietly throughout the meeting and was NOT allowed to speak when I tried to include her. An advocate must be present and the friend of mine suggested that another meeting was called with the advocate present to satisfy the Consultant Psychiatrist that it was what Elizabeth wanted. He was adamant that Elizabeth had said she did not want the family to see the files AND THIS IS NOT TRUE AS SHE SIGNED MORE THAN ONE LETTER OF CONSENT IN THIS RESPECT BEFORE SHE WAS SO DRUGGED UP TO HER NECK ON GOD KNOWS WHAT!