Waterford Hospital

Name of Hospital: Waterford Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Number of Stars: 3

Comment: I was admitted to this hospital after a suicide attempt (self-injury) and was redirected from another local hospital. I waited maybe a half hour before being assessed by a nurse, and then another hour to be seen by a psychiatrist.

The thing is when I went there, is that it was all voluntary. They didn’t tell me whether you should stay as an inpatient or not, they just asked if I wanted to. I’m not sure if this is for legal reasons or not, but thought it was worth mentioning.I was admitted as a short-stay inpatient, which basically meant you didn’t end up in the larger part of the hospital but stayed in a small ward of maybe 6 or 7 rooms, which you got to yourself.

The staff was nice for the most part, I did not feel threatened or unsafe at any point. But the hospital itself and the way it is run is pretty awful from what I’ve seen. The food they give you is a standard meal that is often served cold by the time you get it. I didn’t eat a single meal there because I simply couldn’t stomach it. They offer pajamas that are so incredibly thin, and the blankets are equally so. This is especially bad since the ward is very cold, I had maybe 3 blankets and was still so cold.

There is a room to watch TV which I didn’t see anyone use, and a private bathroom. They shone in a light to check on you if you were in your room, but you could keep the door closed and could do pretty much whatever you wanted. They allowed visitors, people could bring you food (which is what I had to do), you could even play a portable game system if you wanted, but you obviously couldn’t leave the clinic.

The treatment was minimal. I was seen by a group of people who basically said “yeah, you should stop harming yourself” and gave me work-sheets. They pretty much just put me on waitlists and waited until I wanted to leave, they barely do any kind of counseling or assessment. They want you to leave as soon as possible, that’s obvious.

They also had come in very early in the morning to take blood from me for assessment, but barely woke me up before sticking me with a needle which was a little unsettling to say the least. They don’t treat you like shit, and if you are in danger or desperately need help go here. However, don’t expect any kind of real treatment or help. It’s basically like being babysat.

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

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

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