Name of Hospital: Hôpital Notre-Dame
City, State/Province, Country: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Number of Stars: 4
Comment: I stayed there for three weeks. I also went through the emergency another time, but I was not admitted (I was feeling stable enough to go home after meeting with the psychiatrist). This was about 6 years ago, so this may or may not be up to date. Also I was compliant throughout and rarely left my room, so I got a lot of privileges (right to go out for a full hour, etc.). No doubt if I displayed any resistance it wouldn’t have gone as well.
The emergency was horrible. I didn’t experience anything bad myself, but it was very dehumanizing overall. Some of the nurses were fairly rude, and I saw people get locked in isolation for virtually no reason, just for any kind of disagreement with the staff. However, transfer upstairs was relatively quick for me.
Once I got there it went well (well, as fair as it can when you’re psychotic and all — you know what I mean). The staff was nice and respectful. I didn’t experience anything bad. I was allowed to keep a lot of stuff in my room, they didn’t take away my cell phone or gifts I was brought. If I remember correctly, the staff wasn’t hidden away behind these huge glass windows I saw elsewhere. I could do trips to the BANQ and borrow books (hey I didn’t have the concentration to actually *read* them but hey that’s not their fault). I don’t remember all the details, but I really didn’t feel like I was in prison, which is how I experienced another place I’d stayed.
I was young and this was my first episode, so I was followed by JAP (Jeunes adultes psychotiques). I really liked the JAP team. I felt like they cared, really. The activities were enjoyable and/or informative (there was even a cooking activity! don’t remember if that was inpatient or outpatient, but I think both). However, it’s still mostly led by the professionals, so there’s always this weird dynamic.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient