Monthly Archives: April 2015

Deaths at St Andrews

Deaths at St Andrews Northampton

  The Observer quoted an internal report in which St Andrews Healthcare psychiatric hospital in Northampton found that the side effects of ‘anti-psychotic medication prescribed such as Clozapine were possible contributory factors to the death of four service users’ and that ‘staff be made better aware of the drugs’ side effects’. Unfortunately all too often staff ignore the side effects exhibited by ...

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SSRI Biobabble

Are you taking antidepressants? Professor David Healy, is a major proponent of establishing evidence based psychiatric medication regulation rather than the indiscriminate prescribing of pills based on adept marketing campaigns by pharmaceutical companies. Drug companies marketed SSRIs for depression, even though they were weaker than older tricyclic antidepressants, and sold the idea that depression was the deeper illness behind the superficial manifestations ...

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Contracts for Secure Services

Click on the links to download the document Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health Guidance for Commissioners of Forensic Mental Health Services pdf Access Assessment Commissioning Guide (2012) pdf NHS STANDARD CONTRACT FOR MEDIUM AND LOW SECURE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (ADULTS) pdf NHS Standard Contract for Acute, Ambulance, Community and Mental Health and Learning Disability Services pdf Best Practice Guidance Specification for adult medium-secure ...

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NHS Choices – reviews and ratings

NHS Choices - reviews

Did you know that the NHS Choices website includes a ‘Reviews and Ratings’ section? You can search for a psychiatric unit and discover what former patients have to say about their treatment there. Here’s an example of one (chosen nearly at random) that shows some good and some bad reviews of a psychiatric unit in Northampton run by St Andrews Healthcare. ...

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Conditions on Mental Health Wards

This video by Sian Whitehead describes the reality of what occurs on mental health wards. A critical discussion on psychiatric diagnosis, medication, side-effects and the impersonal and often un-therapeutic treatment of vulnerable adults and elderly patients.

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