Today I was, for the first time in ages, genuinely astonished by two patients.
Not their presentations. Not their diagnosis. Not their comorbid physical illnesses and idiosyncartic polypharmacy. Not their narratives, experiences and lives. I see weird and interesting everyday, it was something unexpected and unusual and wholly incomprehensible that thoroughly disarmed me.
Two elderly patients have moved house and relocated to this patch, purely to get what they think will be better psychiatric care. I could be flattered, instead I have just incredulity and feel perplexed. Good grief, life shouldn't have to be like this for folk! You move your home just to get what you reckon will be better NHS health care!?