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Shortage 'puts lives at risk'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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A PSYCHIATRIC patient says the lack of beds is putting his life and the lives of others at serious risk.

The man said that despite taking an overdose recently, Bodmin Hospital had refused to admit him due to the bed shortage.

Paul, (not his real name) who has suffered mental health problems for the past three years, said that his pleas for help had not been answered.

"I was feeling suicidal again at the weekend, but even members of the home treatment team were unwilling to see me. They were very offhand and told me I had to wait until Monday, he said.

"Two weeks ago I took an overdose and ended up at Treliske. It wasn't pleasant and after a quick assessment from a psychiatric nurse, I was discharged the following day.

"I suffer from a personality disorder, chronic anxiety and depression and I'm on a lot of medication.

"Depression is a killer, and I need to be in a proper facility until I get through this bad patch.

"I'm in crisis and need help. When I was at rock bottom, my partner tried to get me sectioned but was told there were no beds.''

"She has requested admission to Fletcher ward (at Bodmin Hospital) many times, the latest on Saturday night, but I was told to wait a few days to see a therapist even though I was suicidal.

"There are a lot of people out there needing help and who need to be admitted, and something really bad is going to happen because there are no beds.''

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