About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services Sligo Town
Posted by A service user (as ),
I am a long-term client in the service and along with the illness and complicating factors caused by it have also had to deal with changes in my consultants a number of times due SLMHS organisational factors or retirements. Having been assigned to a new consultant a few years ago I find that I'am mainly dealing with registrars during clinic visits, I appreciate that consultants have a large number of clients but I think that it is imperative that they see a client once every 12 months especially if the client has more than 3 clinics in the year and has had any relapses or other setbacks. From my own personal experience a good consultant/client relationship can only occur from face to face meetings.I have been lucky that the registrars are competent and caring but having to begin to go through my whole story every 6 months with a new registrar is very difficult, especially when there are complicating medical factors that I have to keep highlighting/explaining to ensure that no change in treatment could cause harm. This can be very stressful as I have great difficulty with some treatments as noted by the service. I feel many clients would be of the same view on this matter.I feel that SLMHS should also have a simple sheet or checklist listing all medications that a patient has been prescribed and what if any major side-effects they may have had, most especially if they had to be removed from the medication in the patients file. This would both allow any registrar to quickly see what the patient has been on and also allow the medical/pharmacy staff to track any patterns in side-effects, this may show a patient is potentially intolerant or sensitive to types or groups of medication. Perhaps the pharmacy could look into this, it can be difficult for patient to recall what medication they have been on and what side-effects occurred during a clinic. From a patient safety management perspective I think this is something that would be of benefit to both service providers and users especially if the client has been in the service a long time and where more than one SLMHS medical history treatment file may exist.Thank you.