"Centre for Mental Health, Treatment, Research and Education"

About: The Park - Centre for Mental Health

(as the patient),

I was a patient at The Park Centre for Mental Health, Treatment, Research and Education. We are treated like sick people in there, our health is checked up on more than necessary. My blood pressure was taken at least every month when it doesn't need checking for six months at a time. In my opinion, we are being made to receive injections of our antipsychotics when there is a tablet version of the antipsychotic. I believe it is inhumane making patients receive needles every fortnight or every month let alone the blood tests we constantly have to have done. The way doctors treat patients makes it seem like they are worried about the pharmaceuticals/drugs they are giving us. Antipsychotics have powerful side effects that I feel are being ignored by the doctors at The Park. One of these side effects is the overwhelming feeling of being restless while in a confined and extremely unentertaining place of residents is wrong. No one seems to care about what would genuinely help a mental health patient, but being treated like a monkey is supposedly acceptable. In my opinion, the mental health system sucks because it's too clinical. Mental health affects the brain, so science alone without social interaction within the community isn't going to help. If you want to help them, how about you talk to a patient before and after electro shock therapy and decide for yourself if that therapy has even been useful, it is disgusting to see the outcome of that therapy. The patients literally look like they have just had their brain fried.

Responses

Response from Melissa Fellows, a/Senior Consumer Liaison Officer, Clinical governance, West Moreton

Dear sagittariusgz86

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.

We are sorry to hear that you have concerns regarding the care and treatment you received during your stay in the Mental Health Facility.

The health of all our patients at West Moreton is extremely important to us and we continue to review our practices to ensure the delivery of excellent patient centered care to members of the West Moreton Health community.

We would really appreciate the opportunity to discuss your concerns with you and ask that you please contact a Senior Consumer Liaison Officer during business hours on 0409 275 503 or email at WMH_CLO@health.qld.gov.au.

Kind regards

Consumer Liaison Office

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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