There seems to be a problem with Elizabeth’s phone. She phoned me tonight on the office phone from Ruby Ward. Sounded disorientated. On such a lovely day it is so hard to think of my daughter and others cooped up on wards such as this and it has been some time now since Elizabeth has had fresh air. If she was here now I would take her for a drive to the coast but feel in total despair particularly when I finally heard from her tonight talking about an injection. I decided to phone the ward and it sounded like Haloperidal. Either she had had an injection or was about to. I’m glad I did phone the ward as I heard the plan was to put her on depot injections tomorrow apparently. Elizabeth’s condition is complex PTSD. Under NICE Guidelines the following is stated:
Drug treatments for adults
- Drug treatments for PTSD should NOT be used as a routine first-line treatment for adults (in general use or by specialist mental health professionals) in preference to a trauma-focused psychological therapy.
Elizabeth has been crying out for therapy not drugs and was trying to arrange this herself in the absence of any care whatsoever provided by the local area of ENFIELD. I cant believe that Ruby Ward is considering this especially when they know that Elizabeth is “treatment resistant” and cannot metabolise the drugs.
She has twice now been put in the community without any care in place.
She has been let down by the PRIMARY CARE in ENFIELD.
I am going to write to Dr Sarkar who is the Responsible Clinician to voice my concerns tonight. I have seen better things on offer at this hospital than in Enfield for instance Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Up until now I do not think that Elizabeth has had any therapy and has been drugged up on Clonazepam to the point that you could hardly hear what she was saying,as she was talking in a slurred manner.
My concerns are that under Secondary care due consideration is not being given to a patient’s physical health and I would like something done about this. Elizabeth needs a thorough check on her physical health and it is negligent of any Doctors to ignore this. I have already proven there are physical health problems.
Before any thought of depot injections is given Elizabeth’s physical health concerns need to be addressed by Doctors who specialise in the field of Neurology and Endocrinology as Elizabeth has a full report by Dr Bob Johnson stating Complex PTSD – Dr Mukherjee from Enfield had to agree to this following the Wonderful care I provided for Elizabeth in 2016 when she came back from Australia well. So it is not drug treatment that is the right thing for someone with complex PTSD and I have seen that at St Pancreas Hospital they have the right treatment on site. Never before has Elizabeth had EMDR but Dr R D Laing’s friend and former colleague wrote to me: Psychiatrists are usually just physicians and not trained psychoanalytically. Denis Berke and R D Laing were psychoanalysts. It might take longer to treat someone with psychoanalytical psychotherapy and without drugs but it is successful. It is up to a psychoanalytical psychotherapist to assess someone as suitable for that NOT A PSYCHIATRIST.” “I was once asked at Kings College Hospital London what drugs I used when treating patients with psychosis. When I said that as a psychoanalyst I did not use drugs they were shocked. I was shocked that they were shocked”.
Today was a meeting at the hospital which in the end I was included but what I find happens is that Doctors try to say that the patient does not want to share information. On so many occasions Doctors hide behind “confidentiality” only this time there were witnesses to the contrary. If only there was a better system over here like in Norway and Finland with Open Dialogue. I’m writing about this at the moment in my book. Transparency, openness and honesty are the key and inclusion rather than exclusion.
Elizabeth has been totally damaged by her treatment under the mental health and right now it is worrying as no visitors are allowed on the ward and meetings are on line.
I am going to write now to Dr Sarkar as it is therapy not drugs that is needed and referrals to an Endocrinologist and Neurologist. You cannot treat someone with a physical health condition with psychiatric drugs of any description and therefore these physical tests need to be done first as primary care comes first or should do and this is certainly not the case in Enfield.
Finally the GP surgery locally had been stating that all non emergency appointments had been put on hold but when something is bothering someone so much like Elizabeth who was suffering from chronic pain this should be another matter. No it is not true that no scans were taking place because I enquired and these could have been done.
The other thing is Elizabeth has constantly complained that no one understands her and I cannot wait until the mandatory training is put in place. How many like Elizabeth are lumped together with MH and there is a language barrier. This training can’t be soon enough as far as I am concerned.