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Case Study 1

A pa­tient spent 66 hours un­der se­da­tion in the emer­gency de­part­ment wait­ing for a bed to be­come avail­able in the hospi­tal’s men­tal health ward, to the point staff were wor­ried that fur­ther se­da­tion would col­lapse their air­ways.

Case Study 2

A pa­tient who had been wait­ing four days for a men­tal health bed was put in the in­ten­sive care unit of the hospi­tal to keep them safe, as a re­sult of which surg­eries had to be can­celled.

Case Study 3

There were sev­eral cases of 16 and 17-year-old chil­dren wait­ing days for a hospi­tal bed and/ or be­ing ad­mit­ted to the adult foren­sic men­tal health ward, the Fran­k­land Cen­tre. Un­well chil­dren were held (in one case for a month) in an iso­la­tion unit at Banksia Hill which is sim­i­lar to a seclu­sion room in a hospi­tal.

Case Study 4

A pa­tient com­plained after they were as­saulted by an­other pa­tient in the court­yard of their ward, say­ing there should have been staff in the court­yard, that staff in the nurses’ sta­tion did not come to their aid after the in­ci­dent, and they had to run through the ward while try­ing to fend off the at­tack and ‘thump’ on the nurses’ sta­tion win­dow to get at­ten­tion.

Case Study 5

Of 26 com­plaints that re­straint had been ex­ces­sive, four re­lated to treat­ment by po­lice, in­clud­ing one per­son who suf­fered heavy bruis­ing and a bro­ken bone after be­ing tasered and hit with a ba­ton. In an­other case, po­lice were wit­nessed hold­ing up taser guns when re­spond­ing to an in­ci­dent on a chil­dren’s ward.

In a third case in­volv­ing an 82-year-old at an older adult ward, po­lice had been pre­pared to use taser guns and bean bag rounds be­fore hospi­tal staff in­formed them it was not ap­pro­pri­ate.

Case Study 6

A pa­tient com­plained that they soiled them­selves after be­ing re­fused ac­cess to a bath­room dur­ing a re­straint last­ing 24 hours. A catheter was also fit­ted with­out the pa­tient’s con­sent. They re­ceived an apol­ogy, with the hospi­tal not­ing there was no safe al­ter­na­tive avail­able at the time.

Case Study 7

A fe­male pa­tient be­came dis­tressed by a male pa­tient en­ter­ing her room at night as she slept. She felt her sex­ual safety was at risk but when she re­ported her con­cerns they re­sulted in her be­ing trans­ferred to a locked ward.

In an­other case, a fe­male pa­tient told her ad­vo­cate that she had ex­ten­sive his­tory of be­ing raped while home­less. She was con­vinced she would be raped again and was the only woman on the ward. These in­tru­sive thoughts dis­rupted her abil­ity to re­ceive treat­ment.

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