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    Hi all, I hope you are well .

    I have seen various members post before mentioning that they have spent time in hospital due to poor mental health and I was wondering if some people would like to share their experiences here. This is because there is a chance I may need hospital admission in the near future and I have no idea what to expect.
    I'm not talking about going to A&E and having to stay overnight for a check-up, I'm talking about a full on admission to a ward/clinic.

    I guess the main questions I have are:
    - How did the staff treat you?
    - How did the other patients treat you?
    - Did the environment make you feel scared or safe?
    - Do the staff force you to eat three meals per day?
    - What did you do all day? Was there a structured routine?
    - Did you have to share a room with anyone else? If so, how was it?
    - Did you feel as though your mental state had improved when you left?

    Feel free to reply anonymously as I know some people may not be comfortable with people knowing they have stayed in hospital.
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    Hi there I'm sorry to hear that you're at the stage where hospital admission might be an option for you. I was in an NHS hospital a few years back and did not have a pleasant experience but I am told that they differ massively hospital to hospital so, while I've tried to give you an honest account, please don't be too put off. If you need to go for you own safety then it can be for the best. I hope things improve for you soon. :hugs:



    - How did the staff treat you?
    They mostly ignored me. Every 15minutes one would look through my door window to check I was still there and would also bring round meds/summon me to talk to the psychiatrist but otherwise we didn't really interact. I did manage to give them the slip at one point unintentionally which was funny (for me, less so for them I imagine).

    - How did the other patients treat you?
    I spoke to one guy with schizophrenia a bit in the "common room" (ie a room with 2 couches an a tv) a few times, he was friendly and we both liked skateboarding but we were both a bit dopey from the meds, tbh everyone was so there wasn't much interaction.

    - Did the environment make you feel scared or safe?
    I wouldn't say I felt "safe" like I do right now sitting on my computer at home but I wasn't scared. I would say I felt uncomfortable.

    - Do the staff force you to eat three meals per day?
    I take it you have issues with eating? I do not have that problem but the aforementioned guy with schizophrenia was allowed to eat in his room because he felt uncomfortable in the dining room, so they might allow you to do that if it helps you. The food was awful btw.

    - What did you do all day? Was there a structured routine?
    I mostly lay on my bed tossing juggling balls in the air. There were no activities, the only routine was med rounds, food, and getting up at stupid o'clock in the morning. A friend I knew had art classes and a computer room with internet access when she was in a psychiatric ward but mine had none of that. Hell, even the tv in the "common room" had broken sound so you couldn't hear it.

    - Did you have to share a room with anyone else? If so, how was it?
    I had a room to myself.

    - Did you feel as though your mental state had improved when you left?
    Not really. The drugs really doped me up, but, tbh, I was just desperate to get out.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi all, I hope you are well .

    I have seen various members post before mentioning that they have spent time in hospital due to poor mental health and I was wondering if some people would like to share their experiences here. This is because there is a chance I may need hospital admission in the near future and I have no idea what to expect.
    I'm not talking about going to A&E and having to stay overnight for a check-up, I'm talking about a full on admission to a ward/clinic.

    I guess the main questions I have are:
    - How did the staff treat you?
    - How did the other patients treat you?
    - Did the environment make you feel scared or safe?
    - Do the staff force you to eat three meals per day?
    - What did you do all day? Was there a structured routine?
    - Did you have to share a room with anyone else? If so, how was it?
    - Did you feel as though your mental state had improved when you left?

    Feel free to reply anonymously as I know some people may not be comfortable with people knowing they have stayed in hospital.
    Hi there. Sorry you're in a situation where you might need a hospital stay. I would say I hope you're doing okay, but clearly you aren't so i'll just send you my best wishes.

    I went into a mental health hospital for a couple of weeks. In my case it was private and more so I could access the therapy easily as travelling wasn't a great option for me.
    - How did the staff treat you?
    Generally well. There were one or two people who I found condescending, but on the whole they were friendly and pleasant. On the most part they were understanding and not judgemental. Although I did think one or two were like mean strict teachers who cared more about rules and principals than people- no bedside manner.

    - How did the other patients treat you?
    Some were a bit odd, but all were either pleasant or just kept to themselves. There's a general understanding that everybody has their own stuff going on and it's quite a supportive and friendly environment. There were also a few people you could joke with a fair bit. I found my ward very close and we all got on well and got talking openly pretty quickly.
    The male nurse who walked in on me on the toilet was super cool about it too so there's that.

    - Did the environment make you feel scared or safe?
    It annoyed me a little cos of night checks, but I never felt unsafe or scared. I know some people who felt uncomfortable with a couple of other patients, but I don't think they felt unsafe and even then the rest of us comforted them.

    - Do the staff force you to eat three meals per day?
    In my experience, they might encourage or force you to eat if it is part of your specific plan (like if you are seriously anorexic and it's a risk to your health), but on the whole they will leave you to do what you are comfortable with.
    On my ward the nurses would sometimes ask people if they were going down and try to encourage it a little and there was one person where it was more persistent as they had related issues. But it was more of a casual thing than making you do anything.

    - What did you do all day? Was there a structured routine?
    Therapy, sit in the lounge, get meals, do puzzles, watch TV, colouring. I suggest you take some colouring or a similar hobby. It can get pretty boring. On my ward people generally socialised, watched TV and did colouring.
    There was a little bit of a routine (therapy and meals and some activities on weekends), but other than that it was empty time.
    I had a DS and headphones which were very useful for keeping me sane.

    - Did you have to share a room with anyone else? If so, how was it?
    We had a shared ward with lounge and separate rooms (with en suite).

    - Did you feel as though your mental state had improved when you left?
    For me it was more to explore if I still had mh issues (I have an odd mix of physical and mental stuff which I had some difficulty telling the difference between). I realised in that time that it was mostly just the physical stuff left do for me there wasn't much to have changed.
    I did see a lot of people improve in their time there though.


    But again, mine was private and I think NHS tends to be a lot more basic.

    Hope that helps. Good luck with everything
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    Hey,

    I have had a few admissions to acute psychiatric wards recently. I actually only left a ward last week after a 7 week admission. I would recommend being treated at home if possible but if you have to be admitted to hospital then don't worry as they safe places to get the treatment you need.

    I'm going to be quite honest, they're not the best of places. If you're admitted to an NHS ward they can be quite chaotic as they are usually understaffed. The staff can be nice, I've met lots of lovely, caring and empathetic nurses and HCAs. Saying this, the lack of staff means that nurses are often really busy and may not spend as much time with patients as they'd like.

    I've met a lot of other patients who have had similar experiences to me and have been of great support. Obviously all patients on the wards have serious mental health conditions with different symptoms and needs. No one on the acute wards will be dangerous. If people are at risk of hurting others they will be on a different type of ward.

    Lots of people say that psychiatric wards don't have the best environment for getting better. You may experience some things that could be quite distressing like other patients shouting or getting very distressed. Also, NHS wards can be very clinical which doesn't creative the calmest of atmospheres.

    Although all of the wards have lounges and some have art rooms or games rooms it can often get quite boring. You may not be aloud outside but some wards do have gardens or may allow you to go outside with staff depending on your level of risk.

    If you are aloud to stay at home and can receive good support within the community I would recommend that over admission to hospital. However, if you have to be admitted then don't worry. Although they aren't amazing places, getting to know other patients who can understand the situation you are in can be quite therapeutic. You will be in a safe environment to help the help you need.

    Hope this helps a bit. If you have any other questions then just ask. Hope you are as ok as you can be. Battling with mental illness is incredibly difficult. Best of luck with everything
 
 
 
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