"Sir Charles Gairdener Hospital"
About: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital / Emergency Department Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department Nedlands 6009
Posted by alphamp46 (as ),
I was held in the emergency department observation ward for 3 days in this hospital. This ward has no windows and is designed for short stay only. On day 2 an ED registrar presented me with a form 1A which stated that I would be detained as an involuntary patient for examination by a psychiatrist. She had signed and dated the form on the previous day, but failed to present it to me at the time. Hospital staff failed to provide me with any counselling, psychological support or information regarding my rights during the time that I was detained on the observation ward. Detention as an involuntary patient is only permitted if less restrictive forms of care are not possible. Prior to signing the form 1A, the registrar had informed me that she wanted to discharge me home with support of Hospital in the Home. However, she then proceeded to sign the form 1A on that same day and didn't even inform me. The possibility of voluntary inpatient care was not offered although on the form 1A the doctor falsely claimed that I had declined voluntary care. After 3 days on the observation ward, I was transferred to an involuntary ward which was the most terrifying experience of my life. No staff had made any attempt to prepare me for what to expect. Stripped of most of my belongings (including the most personal items such as sanitary goods and a bra) and locked up with a bunch of psychotic people and staff that just didn't seem to care. I was repeatedly stalked and sexually harassed by one very psychotic patient. During the 24 hours that I was detained in what felt like a hellhole, I ate nothing as food was only permitted in a communal dining room and I was too afraid to leave my room. A form 1A is only valid for 72 hours. It took more than 71 hours to find a consultant psychiatrist to examine me, after which I was immediately discharged home. I was not actually told I could leave until after the form 1A had expired.
This has been a life changing experience. I will never again seek health care of any description as I feel the system is truly broken and so am I.
I believe numerous breaches of the Mental Health Act and the Patients Charter occurred.