Monthly Archives: March 2015

Blanket toilet ban at the Dene

Patients prevented from using toilet at the Dene

It’s early in the morning at the Dene in Hassocks, a West Sussex mental health unit. Patients are getting up and as with most people in the morning they want to go to the toilet. But staff are not letting them. Two patients were suspected of sharing medication. The Clinical Director of the Dene agrees that our daughter is not one of those suspected ...

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“Tell my dad the staff are abusing me”

Isolation at the Dene

This happened in a mental health unit in the UK run by Partnerships in Care called The Dene. Alex Thurlby is the Hospital Director. Our daughter was in seclusion for five days over Christmas. Another patient made a spurious allegation against her and the staff decided to lock her in the solitary confinement seclusion cell. On the Christmas Eve we called our daughter to ...

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Patient put into segregation after making a complaint

So our daughter is back in segregation. Not for being violent. But for what she said. Dr John Jacques of the Dene, her responsible clinician, told her that because she had made complaints about staff and that she was ‘trying to get them to lose their job’ she had to be put into Long Term Segregation. The MHA Code of ...

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