Review on the Documentary Under Lock and Key

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Review on the Documentary Under Lock and Key

Submitted: July 05, 2017

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Review on the Documentary Under Lock and Key:

This is about a documentary on channel 4 called Under Lock and Key. This documentary was about a mental health hospital called St Andrews where people with autism, special needs, and mental illnesses. There were three patients who had admitted there and their experiences were not all. As they were restrained and locked in an isolation by themselves. Also one of the three patients died as the care was so awful! The patients’ relatives were extremely dissatisfied with their child’s care.
I can relate to this documentary as I was in the same situation as the three patients who were admitted to St Andrews. I was admitted into a mental health ward called Peter Bruff ward which was moved from Clacton on Sea to Colchester. The staff would eat our food, not socialise with the patients and instead stayed in the office pretending to be “busy” by writing lies about the patients by saying for example, they had spent half an hour with a particular patient but really hadn’t. Plus the staff would make the patients sign forms that were false. I was also given medication that I later discovered I was allergic to and had was given injections that made me walk around like a zombie and nearly almost falling over! My parents were outraged.
Also I heard on the news about another mental health ward called the Linden Centre which was based in Chelmsford where many young people had committed suicide and weren’t monitored and I soon found out it was a walk in centre not for permanent stay. As my biological mother use to use the Linden Centre and admitted herself quite lot as suffered with bipolar disorder.
In my opinion I believe these sorts of mental health hospitals/wards should be given regular training and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) should go into these mental health hospitals/wards unexpectedly and speak to the patients and their families. I just hope that these mental health hospitals/wards improve as otherwise many more patients and their families will suffer as a result, just like me, and the three patients who were admitted to St Andrews. 


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