Doorstop wrote:My *entire* mental health team has been transferred from Riverside in Partick to the Arndale in Drumchapel.
The rationale? Too many patients in Riverside for not enough Health professionals, Arndale apparently has the antithesis.
Anyway .. I sent the flare up that I didn't want my team to change .. I haven't been brilliant recently but I haven't been accusing my Dad of trying to poison me with mercury any time in the recent past (and yes I have done o.O) but , hey, not great. Hence my recent abscence from the important HG gigs.
I'm sorry guys, I sooo wanted to be there, but honestly - you would have gotten a different bloke. [shame ]
Anyway .. after five unanswered phonecalls to the previous manager in Riverside asking to be maintained in the status quo, I was informed that I was obliged to attend my new assesment.
Three phone calls to one manager blanked, ANGRY phone call leading to conversation with same informing me he was passing my details onto AN Other. (I subsequently discovered Manager A was leaving the job and basically didn't give a fuck!!)
Manager B recieved two emails, one hand written letter and failed to answer three phone calls.
Today, I was informed I was not only having my shrink, Consultant shrink and CPN changing to complete strangers, but my meds were changing too.
In conformance with my new Consultant Shrink (who didn't yet have access to my full medical records) .. it was still seen fit to cut my antidepressant in half, TRIPLE my primary antipsychotic, maintain my secondary and delete my PRN (as required) antipsychotic and add fucking Valium as my new "as required".
Continuity of care people .. continuity of care .. the drugs start tomorrow.
I may be some time .. I may be QUITE some time.
That is fucking ridiculous big man!!
How can anyone who calls themselves a healthcare professional make wholesale changes to your medication without recourse to your full medical history and on the basis of one short meeting, and still be able to look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me financial pressures from above or not.
The worst thing about this sort of thing is that these imposed changes can affect your ability to fight said changes and you can get locked in a downward spiral through no fault of your own.
I have just changed GP and am not looking forward to having a battle over the anti-depressants I am on as they have been deemed to have dangerous side effects. I have been on the things for nearly 10 years now and have learned to live with any side effects and believe me they are a lot more manageable than the alternative.
Personally I would fight these changes as long as you are able to for yourself and others in your situation which I am sure you will continue to do.
The thing that really pisses me off is that these decisions will have been taken at a managerial level with no consultation with the patients and people on the ground (who are just numbers on a spreadsheet) and these decisions will have severe and long-lasting effects on the lives of people least able to fight these changes