Mental health patient made to sleep on hospital floor: ‘Animals treated better’


A patient struggling a psychological health disaster was made to sleep in a single day on the ground of an NHS hospital as a result of it had no spare beds, The Independent has realized.

On Sunday, Mr Ben Ashcroft was given a mattress on the ground at Barnsley Hospital the place he had been admitted after ready for 36 hours at a special psychological health hospital.

He described the scenario as being “treated like a prisoner”, including: “An animal is treated better than this. I’m poorly and you think this acceptable to put me in room like this. This all I have in room. Rather be in prison.”

Mr Ashcroft was detained, earlier within the week, beneath the Mental Health Act at Calderdale Royal Hospital, in West Yorkshire.

But this hospital had no beds accessible and transferred him to one other web site in Barnsley the place he was taken to a room with only a mattress.

Mr Ashcroft was too unwell to remark additional, however gave The Independent permission to use his statements and the images he shared on Twitter. He has since been admitted to a traditional mattress in Calderdale.

His expertise underlines wider issues throughout the NHS, from report ready occasions for ambulances and appointments, and a scarcity of beds.

In an announcement to The Independent, the belief mentioned demand for beds over the weekend was “exceptionally high” including “with this level of demand we took short-term measures to ensure all our service users were kept safe”.

It mentioned the pressures resulted in a patient being put “temporarily” in a lounge whereas a room was being discovered by employees.

Medical director for the belief Dr Subha Thiyagesh, added: “The safety of our service users is the top priority for us, as is providing care as close to home as possible.”

The Care Quality Commission watchdog not too long ago warned that sufferers throughout the nation have been unable to get referred for specialist psychological healthcare in the neighborhood due to an absence of capability.

The Independent revealed final month that one youngster who had critical psychological health issues was left ready in an A&E division for 48 hours for a specialist psychological health mattress.

NHS Providers, which represents all NHS trusts in England, has additionally revealed psychological health providers are dealing with a backlog of 1.6 million sufferers who’ve been left ready for care.

After elevating an alert about his scenario on social media, Mr Ashcroft was despatched again to Calderdale Hospital the place he was given a room with a mattress.

He mentioned: “I’d like to thank everyone for their concern and support at this horrendous time I’m having. It has magically found me a bed… Back where I was sent from. I am being moved back to Calderdale this afternoon.”

In March this 12 months the NHS failed to meet guarantees it might finish the apply of sending psychological health sufferers removed from dwelling, typically tons of of miles away.

The newest nationwide information, printed final week, confirmed these “out of area placements” have remained stubbornly excessive all through the pandemic, with tons of despatched away from their dwelling space every month.

Responding to Mr Ashcroft’s case, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Adrian James, mentioned: “Being treated removed from dwelling, generally tons of of miles away, as a result of the correct mattress isn’t accessible domestically is disastrous for sufferers and their family members.

“The pandemic has led to extra individuals in disaster and diminished capability on many wards. The authorities should urgently spend money on extra beds within the areas that want them most and keep funding for post-discharge assist.”