6th October 2010
Thank you for the visit on 23 September. I have read the Initial Assessment that you left with Helen. I broadly agree with your assessment of Helen's vulnerability, and her needs.
I entirely refute these continued claims of "refusal of treatment" which are false and grossly unfair to Helen and generate a misrepresentation of both the situation in the hospital and Helen.
Much of your analysis based on your observation of Helen seems measured, insightful and informative.
The comments of the nurses clearly indicate why your department would feel a need to investigate. However, they are all allusions, value judgements, prejudicial or without substance.
I wish to offer a perspective. You have concluded that Helen is vulnerable due largely to a disastrous divorce and a sequence of destabilising circumstances for the last 6 years. For any young person the cascade of events as they enter hospital is frightening. This was all the more so for Helen given what you have already observed and noted. It is very unusual for a single girl to have a single male parent as their sole support. Not something the nurses are used to in Biston. The only particular need expressed by Helen was that her sole support remain with her whilst she was being medicated. As it happens she exhibited extreme bravery and consideration for all the people she was involved with in spite of being very frightened. I fully understand that the nurses did not realise how frightened she was or that I was the only person available for her. Given that the nurses were concerned about a male being present on the adult female ward outside of visiting hours this led to a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation. It didn't help that every 8 hours the staff changed. Within 72 hours there was a crisis where Helen's treatment had been stopped through a misunderstanding. Within the next 24 hours or so the head surgeon had sorted the situation out to everyone's complete satisfaction. He totally agreed with Helen and myself that Helen should be able to have her parent with her when medicated if she wished to the point of prescribing it as part of her therapeutic care.
For the record:
I never once laid on Helen's bed.
There was never any "inappropriate physical contact" with Helen as stated in the report.
The claim that Helen undressed in front of me is false.
For clarification, if in doubt, please interview all the doctors, nurses and patients involved who have not felt a need to comment or to pre-emptively imply criticism to distract from their own errors. I think you will a find a consensus that they liked Helen, that she was compliant and brave, and that I acted with complete respect at all times.