Meeting a carer in a forensic setting
These relatives and friends have specific needs
When looking after patients, it is easy to forget the family and friends who provide them with vital support. It is especially easy to forget carers when the patient has a mental disorder that has led to their detention in a high security hospital for many years. As a medical student, Madelaine Eddleston had a placement at the high security Rampton Hospital. There she had the opportunity to meet the carers of detained patients.
Before my elective at Rampton Hospital, which is a high secure hospital in England, I had given little thought to the carers of psychiatric patients. During my placement at Rampton I had the opportunity to meet Janet (not her real name), the mother of a patient who was a mentally disordered offender.
No two patients are the same and each takes a different path. But for me, Janet’s story captured the difficulties that carers can face