Cambridge Hospital

Name of Hospital: Cambridge Hospital (Cahill 4)

City, State/Province, Country: Cambridge, MA, US

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: I have been inpatient at Cambridge Hospital a few times. Staff here treats patients well, the unit is clean, food is mediocre but edible. Visitors are allowed to bring in food for patients. There are multiple groups per day, except on weekends. Patients are able to go down to a bricked-in courtyard with a basketball hoop once a day if they’ve been assessed to not be a danger to themselves or others off the unit. Patients are allowed to have iPods and headphones signed out to them during the day. No computers or cell phones allowed.

Showering here was sometimes difficult. Unless you showered first thing in the morning, there was no hot water. There was one bathroom that had a tiny shower that had a lock on the door. The other bathrooms, separated by gender, had a toilet stall and a shower with a curtain separating it from the rest of the bathroom. As a trans male, I felt really nervous every time I took a shower there because I worried someone would walk in on me and I wasn’t out to other patients. For this reason, I only ever showered really early in the morning while mostly everyone else was still sleeping.

The doctor I saw here listened to my concerns about what to try for medications. My social worker here was friendly and respectful. There was a common room with a television and lots of chairs and tables in it and another smaller room patients had access to with chairs and books to read. We also were able to access the group room which had art supplies fairly often.

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

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

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