Dominion Hospital

Name of Hospital: Dominion Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Falls Church, VA, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Would not recommend. Admission included a strip search (which from an acquaintance, I found out that he did not have to go through it as I did), being restrained to your room and one common area that you are assigned to for the first 24 hours (instead of going outside, to cafeteria for meals, etc), and lack of individuality. I overheard a staff member refer to me as the “Asian that attempted suicide” rather than by name.

Food was awful that in the 8 days I stayed there, I lost 20 lbs. “Free time” activities available there include watching movies (depends on TV availability), broken guitar, and radio (depends on availability). Other activities such as reading, coloring, sudoku, etc, must be brought in from home but cannot be done during assigned room time as writing utensils are not allowed in the rooms.

Each room can bed up to 3 people. Glass panes are approximately 3×6 feet, but the portion of the window that actually opens is about an inch wide. Doors do not lock so you do not have privacy whatsoever, and if you were admitted with an eating disorder, you are not allowed to use the restroom within a certain time after eating without a staff member.

They did not honor my wishes of being placed in the boys’ ward (as I did not identify as a female), then continued to misgender me throughout my stay.

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

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

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