Wednesday, 4 June 2014

'Sexual boundary issues in psychiatric settings' Royal College of Psychiatrists London 2007

Email just sent to NHS Fife managers and psychiatric staff, copied to local politicians, government staff and the Mental Welfare Commission:

"Here is a link to a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists London 2007 'Sexual boundary issues in psychiatric settings':
"This document is intended to foster awareness of various aspects of sexual boundary issues in psychiatric settings. It also provides guidance for psychiatrists, working in multidisciplinary teams and supported by managers, for dealing with these difficult issues. Nevertheless, locally created policies will be essential. While this report is specific to England and Wales, the principles apply also to other jurisdictions." p7

First recommendation on page 5 "Wards must have appropriate design and sufficient space to allow patients to be cared for in safety, privacy and a reasonable degree of comfort.". 

I contend that Lomond Ward, Stratheden, does not have an appropriate design and that female patients do not have the appropriate privacy and are not safe.  In both 2010 and 2012 I reported issues to do with female patients' privacy and safety.  The fact that nurses in that ward were not keeping an eye on vulnerable female patients, protecting them from risk of harm.  I was a patient in this ward in 2002 and was coerced to swallow the psychiatric drugs, being detained for 72hrs after entering the ward voluntarily. 

They put me in the end female dorm, a woman in an altered mind state and mentally distressed, forcibly drugged.  I woke up to find a young male patient coming out of the single room opposite.  A stranger.  No nurses about.  Being on the antipsychotic increased the risk as it took away my decision making abilities.  I knew I had to get out of the ward as quickly as possible and was discharged within the week. 

The young man who came out of the single room back in 2002 I still see going about Cupar, up the road to Stratheden Hospital, he's always on his own, now in his 30's.  I assume he lives in the vicinity of the hospital or is visiting someone.  Whenever I see him it reminds me of how I felt as a vulnerable female inpatient in Lomond Ward

I will be writing about this in my blogs and researching more information on the topic."

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