Cannon Hospital

Name of Hospital: Cannon Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Linville, NC, USA

Number of Stars: 3

Comment: I’ve been in Cannon Hospital twice over the past few months, and it’s definitely the better of the two hospitals I’ve been in recently. There’s a lot of structure: several instructed groups every day with a specific schedule. They’re very well taught groups too. The people who teach the classes and the nurses are extremely nice and seem knowledgeable; they’re very polite and none of the staff ever misgendered me here.

The food is pretty good, and it’s nice that you have some choice about what you’ll be eating. Unfortunately there’s absolutely zero caffeine in anything they let patients have, so I was extremely tired all of the time. One thing that bothered fellow patients is how little freedom you have while you’re here, which is true. The bedrooms are usually unlocked during group time (most of the daytime) and you’re generally supposed to be at a specific place at a specific time.

During my second stay here, I had already stayed at another hospital for five days before being transferred here, and I was very late on my estrogen shot. I brought this up every single day and it was never given to me; that’s unacceptable, given that hormone replacement meds are often even more important than normal psych meds for trans people’s mental health. The doctor who was ultimately in control of patients’ treatment and things like that seemed a lot less empathetic and understanding and even knowledgeable than many of the therapist/social worker type people who were around.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: transgender woman

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