Name of Hospital: Norwalk Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Norwalk, CT, USA
Number of Stars: 4
Comment: I have been hospitalized six times in the last year for a variety of disorders, namely Major Depression with and without psychotic features. I have found that the staff at Norwalk Hospital were the best of the facilities I’ve been inpatient at. Not only did I see my psychiatrist every day, but each nurse assigned to me took a large chunk of time getting to know each patient specifically. This is what sets it apart from other hospitals in CT. They did not feel the need to change my medications, just to monitor me.
This hospital was light on groups, they only did two a day, and sometimes even missed holding groups. I’d say that is a negative because the patients were very bored and had nothing else to do. The hallways were nice and wide which made it feel less claustrophobic.
Some notes: You can’t go outside here. The windows do not open even a crack (like in Stamford Hospital), the food is so-so. They are not as strict with clothing and jewelry guidelines. I could keep my engagement ring and a bracelet.
The small shortcomings don’t matter as much to me as quality therapy is my number one in rating a hospital. My nurses taught me DBT skills instead of just placating me with a sedative.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Gay Male
Year(s) : 2017