do patients at bmhu have to wear gowns or are you allowed own clothes? do you have any pics from inside????
It’s funny that you mention hospital gowns. Generally patients wear normal clothes or pjs - no operations, no need for sterility (although they do still do ECT at the Bradgate). However, J has described the “seclusion gown” to me. Apparently when someone is in high risk to themselves by suicide or self harm or damaging everything around them, they be put in a seclusion room (they have some euphemisms like “Time Out” room etc). Alternatively their clothes and possessions can be taken from their room and they have to wear a special gown, for their modesty (apparently it’s against the human rights act to strip people for their own good) ;) Whilst being put into seclusion you might also be forced to wear the gown. I don’t know the exact details, but a seclusion gown is disposable, tearable garment (so you can’t hang yourself). Why disposable? Well… Sometimes, when a patient is put in the seclusion room the only other thing in there is some sort of disposable egg cartoon bucket to use as a toilet. It is little surprise that some patients will protest by smearing the faeces on the wall or window. Of course, that’s in extreme situations. If you treat a person like an animal they will start to act like an animal. I think I’ve only seen a patient in a seclusion gown once (a bit like an operating theatre gown). In general mental health hospitals don’t have all the paraphernalia of normal hospitals. Only recently did the staff at the BMHU start wearing nursing uniforms again. This is a relief to visitors and patients because before, apart from a badge (which temp staff didn’t always have) there was no way to distinguish staff from patients - not good in a crisis. Naturally the staff think it’s awful drag to wear a uniform which identifies them by their training levels and job role.
By the way, for anyone reading this. Please don’t be put off for asking for help from a doctor if you have a mental health issue. Also mental health units will vary in quality depending on area or country. I’m mainly focussing on the Bradgate Mental Health Unit at the moment because of recent tragedies and personal disappointments which might not be the same throughout the whole service.
Hi, I’m J. Just read this. The seclusion room is very much like a police cell, nothing in it at all except a plastic wipe-clean mattress, no window apart from the tiny one in the door the staff stare at you through, and a seclusion blanket. This is a navy blue, very tough and hardwearing and sort of quilt-stitched with orange thread blanket. It is very stiff and not very warm. When you get put in seclusion, you are forced into the room by a team of maybe up to 6 nurses who control and restrain you until you are in the room and you can’t escape - there is a seclusion room on each ward. The seclusion gown is made up of the exact same material as the blanket. It is tough, stiff and hardwearing, certainly not comfortable in any way. It is floor-length, and sleeveless. It is fastened by Velcro, down the front. You are not allowed to wear anything else - not even underwear, they strip you totally naked before they force you to put the gown on. Then, when in the gown, they give you a cardboard egg-cupped-like box/tray to use as a toilet, and a couple of pieces of paper towel to ‘wipe’ with. Then the heavy door is locked, and the staff look through a tiny high-up window at you every five minutes. You can be kept in there for as long as they decide you need to be - anything from an hour to a day, is possible.