Apologies, this is a long story but am desperate for advice.
My sister has stage 4 incurable cancer, diagnosed after litany of errors and incompetence – consultant dismissing worrying symotoms and putting everything down to her history of anxiety and depression, which resulted in a huge delay in getting symotoms taken seriously, despite her previous history of cancer 10 years ago.
Long story short, local hospital are dreadful, but cancer specialist hospital are great. Owing to a major mental health crisis over last 48 hours, she was detained under MCA, which we were relieved by.
Because of cancer, bloods and scans taken to see if any physiological element to mental decline, eg metastases in brain. These were clear.
She was taken to secure mental health ward for evaluation. We went to get some sleep, having barely slept in 3 days during her acute mania.
Here’s the crux. 11pm psychologist calls, says he doesn’t feel it’s mental health but cancer related – toxins causing delirium. No discussion with oncologist. No clinical evidence for his opinion. Decides to send her for transfer to general ward, with stage 4 cancer, no discussion.
We do not want this but are not being listened to. I have contacted cancer specialist hospital, duty nurse apoalked [apologised?] but no consultant at weekend. Even worse they’ve stuck her back in A and E for hours.
IN BRIEF – we have no faith in this hospital. We want to transfer to a different hospital as care here is appalling. Is that possible if she detained under MCA? Want this protection for her as we cannot manage her current mental state safely for her or her chn [children?] but we feel this hospital is negligent in its duty of care.