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I recently had to be admitted to A&E following a fall. I was asked by the ambulance people to take my current medication along.
The duty doctor enquired what my medication was for and my mental health diagnosis, to which i replied BPD, and mood disorder etc.
He raised his eyebrows and drew the curtains around me. A few minutes later I heard the words..'personality disorder' followed by a lot of giggling by the staff.
The same doctor then came back and said,'we'll put a nice bandage on it for you.'
Despite the pain I was compus mentus enough to feel a great deal of humiliation....the nurses put a nice bandage on my leg.I was then wheeled to reception and dumped.
I had no money. Nobody would help me to get home and worst of all i still had my nightwear on!
This was an appalling experience and I felt a lot of stigma by NHS staff because of my mental disposition
I have since been told I have a serious knee injury. I strongly feel that I shouldn't have mentioned BPD, even my CPN said why did you tell them that? Maybe I would have been treated differently...or maybe not!!
This particular A&E apparently has a big 'downer' on clients with self-harm problems too.
Needless to say the PCT is going to receive a strongly worded letter from me.:mad:
 
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that sucks that they treated you so direspectfully
i hope you're ok now
good on you for the letter they should know that they've been really sh*t about that
i'm really sorry that, that was so bad
hope you're ok now :hug:
 
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Hi Whisper, thanks for your words of support.
I'm still on crutches and painkillers...I've done my knee in good and proper.
I suppose if I was a footballer I'd be getting 5 star physio treatment!! As it is I'm waiting for a follow-up appt.
I wonder what excuses the PCT will come up with??..or am I being too cynical in my old age??!!:unsure:
 
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So sorry to hear about your accident...and to be treated like that in addition! :mad:
I've had a similar experience when I fell down the stairs and cracked my head open after passing out from a particular medication (Depakote). As soon as they heard "psych patient" they assumed I'd thrown myself down the stairs to get attention! I needed a skull x-ray, not judgement. To this day I've got a sensitive spongey area on my skull that hurts like hell...which I was never treated for!!
Holier than thou jerks. GRRR!:mad:

I truly hope your knee gets better:hug:
 
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re: humiliation or what?

thanks ms P for your support.
The physio on my follow up appt could not believe that I was also sent away without any form of pain relief and immediately arranged a prescription...a week later!
We suffer stigma in society but one would not expect it from those who are supposed to care....or would we??:confused:
 
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shockin the way u got treated but it seems 2 be typical of the medical profession we r seemed as attention seekers even if we r plain and simple suicidal i got laughed at cause they never believed i was this way after 2 overdoses i feel like walkin away from them all there a joke i feel sick inside with them all and there mean,t 2 be there 2 help us
 
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I can help the knee...

Hi - so sorry to hear about the knee injury and as for the way you were treated at the hospital - disgusting, appalling!

don't blame you for complaining, go for it!

Where do these people get off, I wonder?

You can take a homoepathic remedy for your knee called Arnica, you may already have heard of it, you can buy it in boots.

Take it in Arnica 30 take 1 3 times a day until it starts to get better, bruising, swelling etc but dont smoke before or after you take it for 10 mins or so and dont eat or drink for 10 mins either side of taking it either especially mints, or any strong spicy food as they interfere with the effectiveness of the remedy which is made from a flower.
 
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I just wanted to say I wouldnt waste your time with a letter, because I've just put my reply from the ce in the bin following several admissions and being given an awful time by two senior surgical specialists, I had the chance to explain to the patient services manager over the phone that my mental iilness hadnt been taken into account which I gave on clerking, but I'm not wasting any more of my time trying to talk to people that dont even want to understand, I understand the sniggers I experienced this from some nursing staff, But they were lucky I didnt hit them with all the anger in me.
 
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Thanks both for your replies.
I thought I would give myself time to calm down before complaining.
Even my CPN has told me to complain as she is having trouble with clients who self-harm and this particular A&E's negative reaction.
Seems this is general though, nursing staff have a complete misunderstanding of the situation.
Even tho' I was admitted for a genuine physical injury as soon as mentioned the medication I was on I became an object of ridicule.:confused:
 
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Only just seen this thread and are disgusted at the treatment or lack of it you received. Its absolutely bloody typical and whats more we always seem surprised when we hear these stories! It seems sub-par treatment for mental health service users is so routine it has almost become an established medical protocol.
 
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Absolutely agree with you. I suppose we should be used to being treated like 2nd class citizens by now!:mad:
 
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I had a horrid experience with a and e ... they did not dress a wound appropriatley as the nurse was predjudice towards people who SH. very sad that people have to suffer because of this
 
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So sorry to hear about your accident and I hope your knee gets better soon I have also experienced being treated in a humiliating way it is not acceptable how we are treated and I have complained too in the past and felt I shouldn't of bothered no one it seems to wants to take notice of a person with mental health problems something should be done about it really.:mad:
 
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Humiliation in A/E

Dear forum user

To be laughed at is not good. However:please understand this. As a psychiatric professional who works in A/E, there is usually very little that can be done for people with a P.D within that setting.

Whilst, on this occasion, your visit was due to an accident, a lot of time is taken up by those who deliberately overdose/self harm,etc. As you may be aware, personality disorders are untreatable and it is a question of managing your condition and learning to adapt.
 
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