I haven’t been admitted to hospital before, however I couldn’t imagine EVER feeling remotely comfortable about being placed in a shared room. The fact that this is even an occurrence makes my heart sink 😦
I know room, bed numbers and all that jazz are an issue, but I fully agree that “shared rooms make patient’s dignity and confidentially difficult to maintain.”
Being admitted must be so incredibly difficult, and to go through that with the constant worry or shadow of having to hide things from other patients must be so so hard. Heck, sometimes I even struggle to sit in an office with others because I’m worried about them watching me work, or criticising me or so forth.
Shared rooms shouldn’t even be an option unless it’s a room shared with all your teddies, a bucket load of kittens, and things that will make you feel safe.
One of my biggest worries when I am being admitted to hospital for my mental illness is that I will have to share a room. It’s not fair on the other patients and it’s not fair on me because when I am unwell I try to harm myself or take my own life in whichever way seems possible. It isn’t fair that other unwell people have to see that and neither is it fair that they have to witness me being restrained and injected. Shared rooms make patient’s dignity and confidentially difficult to maintain. I was unwell at the time and it didn’t bother me at that moment but looking back now I am upset that someone saw me in that state, that someone saw my buttocks and staff holding me down whilst a nurse administered an injection. I would’ve rather that stayed private.
People are not admitted to psychiatric…
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