Erie County Medical Center

Name of Hospital: Erie County Medical Center

City, State/Province, Country: Buffalo, NY, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Ward consisted of a long hallway with a room off to the left that was the “lounge room”. There was also a computer room but all the computers were shut off. People were taken in there to do school work. There was also an isolation room before the lounge room. It was medium sized with some soft blocks and beanbag chairs. The floor was haphazardly padded with styrofoam puzzle pieces. There was also a radio the nurses would bring in so you could listen to it.

The rooms were grey and empty with a private bathroom with stained tile. No stimulation was given there. The TV was never turned on in the main lounge room. Sometimes they would bring a Wii in to play in the tiled room connecting to the lounge. We went down for crafts once a day but other than that it was hours sitting around doing nothing. The nurses only stepped in if there was an issue occurring such as fighting or someone screaming because they were having a breakdown which was quelled by sedatives instead of talking to them.

My room was a solo bedroom with a window into the nurses office. The light was always on in the office so I constantly had to pull the blanket over my head to get any sleep. Nurses would come in during the night with bright flashlights which woke me up frequently and we couldn’t do anything about it.

In all it didn’t really help. I went to another hospital about a year later around the same time because my mental condition worsened. I didn’t feel better after leaving; I just felt thankful that I was out of there.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Not really; I told a nurse that I was gay but nothing came out of it.

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