Illnesses can be anything from schizophrenia and psychotic depression to bipolar disorder and severe anxiety.
The Guardian Newspaper, Tuesday 5 October 2010
I arrive at work at 7am, and the first thing I do is see if there were any issues over the weekend. Then I try to speak to patients about the activities they have got planned, and if they’re happy with care that is being provided.
I work in the acute admissions unit, where the illnesses can be anything from schizophrenia and psychotic depression to bipolar disorder and severe anxiety. Some people have a multiple diagnosis and issues with drug or alcohol misuse.
On Monday, we had a younger person come into the ward who was very unwell. It’s very sad to see a younger person admitted it’s always better to treat someone in the least restrictive environment possible and we prefer that to be in the community if possible.
On Tuesday, I delivered training to volunteers for a pilot initiative, where people who are currently well befriend black and minority ethnic inpatients.
On Wednesday morning, I had a ward-round with pharmacists, doctors and medical and nursing students.
The best bit is seeing a patient get well. A lady with a serious case of psychotic depression wasn’t eating, drinking or showering, and had very low motivation. It was a slow recovery but on Wednesday she was discharged; she’s looking forward to returning to work, which is very rewarding.
On a normal day I aim to leave by 5pm, but it’s hard to fit everything in. Some cases play on your mind. Care doesn’t stop at 5pm on a Friday.
Jenny Blackshaw is Modern Matron at:
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, www.mhsc.nhs.uk/ft
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