Elizabeth has just phoned – this is the third day of being in her room and she does not wish to come out. The only good thing is that she can hear the birds singing even if she cannot see them.
I have just heard Elizabeth has had no breakfast and no lunch.
I am therefore going out to get her something to eat. I have made it clear to a member of staff that Elizabeth did not feel comfortable after another patient was not nice to her. I was told plainly regarding fresh air that she needed to ask staff. I expect this applies to all the meals that Elizabeth is missing and if she was far away from home then what. All she has had today is some oranges but I am going to bring her some sandwiches. At least when she was allowed off the ward I made sure she had something to eat.
Something to eat and exercise and fresh air is the very basics you should expect of a hospital but not under Chase Farm Enfield Suffolk Ward. I cannot criticise it all but the way people communicate is so very important and yesterday I admit I came across a manager from Sussex Ward who was very good and spoke nicely which makes a change.