St. Anthony’s Hospital

Name of Hospital: St. Anthony’s Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: This was the third psychiatric center I was placed. in over a two year period. I was taken there by ambulance after feeling confused at my university. When my blood sugar was tested in the ambulance they noted it was very low and gave me a orange flavored gel to raise it. I assumed my disorientation was caused by a combination of sleep deprivation from the previous night and low blood sugar.

When I was informed that I would be transported to the hospital I assumed it was for my physical health but I was admitted directly to the psychiatric ward where I was asked if I had been hearing voices to which I replied that I had not. After being discharged and reviewing my medical records, I realized that they falsely reported that I had heard voices as well as various other false information.

While still being admitted in a small private waiting area designated for mental health patients, excluded from other patients and staff, I was told to change into a hospital gown. The only bathroom had just been heavily soiled by a man who seemed intoxicated. I was hesitant to change in the first place so I did not remove my jewelry. I was instructed to place all of my belongings in a bag which was taken into an office for staff. I was quite confused as to why any of this was necessary and approached a nurse to inquire who subsequently lifted me by the head and held me against a wall. I trembled and sobbed in fear until another staff led me to a wheelchair in which I was taken to the acute care ward.

As I lingered near the door I had just entered through, I was told that I needed a shit because I was exhibiting flight risk behavior. Having been in two other facilities, I knew what this meant. I was very heavily sedated within minutes of entrance and did not awake until roughly seven hours later.

I did not want to be there. I did not feel the need to be there in the first place. I begged to leave. I was given various medications, some which caused heart palpitations each night. I prayed to get out. The facility and medications caused more fear and psychosis than I had ever felt in any “episode”. I only spoke with the psychiatrist on three occasions for no more than three minutes each during my ten day stay.

We were allowed to watch TV, play card games occasionally ad go outside once per day to the basketball court. They had two volunteers come in during my stay for arts activities. One of the nurses drew cartoons, of aliens, one performed card tricks and talked about free masons, and one shopped online for bedspreads. I give this a 2.5 because of the abuse in the admissions office, the neglect from the psychiatrist, and the false information entered in my medical record. The facility was kept very clean and most of the staff was friendly.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I am a Hispanic lesbian. I’m not sure if that played a role in my treatment. I do believe the fact that I had health insurance coverage affected my length of stay.

Name of Hospital: St. Anthony’s Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: This was the third psychiatric center I was placed. in over a two year period. I was taken there by ambulance after feeling confused at my university. When my blood sugar was tested in the ambulance they noted it was very low and gave me a orange flavored gel to raise it. I assumed my disorientation was caused by a combination of sleep deprivation from the previous night and low blood sugar. When I was informed that I would be transported to the hospital I assumed it was for my physical health but I was admitted directly to the psychiatric ward where I was asked if I had been hearing voices to which I replied that I had not. After being discharged and reviewing my medical records, I realized that they falsely reported that I had heard voices as well as various other false information. While still being admitted in a small private waiting area designated for mental health patients, excluded from other patients and staff, I was told to change into a hospital gown. The only bathroom had just been heavily soiled by a man who seemed intoxicated. I was hesitant to change in the first place so I did not remove my jewelry. I was instructed to place all of my belongings in a bag which was taken into an office for staff. I was quite confused as to why any of this was necessary and approached a nurse to inquire who subsequently lifted me by the threat and held me against a wall. I trembled and sobbed in fear until another staff led me to a wheelchair in which I was taken to the acute care ward. As I lingered near the door I had just entered through, I was told that I needed a shit because I was exhibiting flight risk behavior. Having been in two other facilities, I knew what this meant. I was very heavily sedated within minutes of entrance and did not awake until roughly seven hours later. I did not want to be there. I did not feel the need to be there in the first place. I begged to leave. I was given various medications, some which caused heart palpitations each night. I prayed to get out. The facility and medications caused more fear and psychosis than I had ever felt in any “episode”. I only spoke with the psychiatrist on three occasions for no more than three minutes each during my ten day stay. We were allowed to watch TV, play card games occasionally ad go outside once per day to the basketball court. They had two volunteers come in during my stay for arts activities. One of the nurses drew cartoons, of aliens, one performed card tricks and talked about free masons, and one shopped online for bedspreads. I give this a 2.5 because of the abuse in the admissions office, the neglect from the psychiatrist, and the false information entered in my medical record. The facility was kept very clean and most of the staff was friendly.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I am a Hispanic lesbian. I’m not sure if that played a role in my treatment. I do believe the fact that I had health insurance coverage affected my length of stay.

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