From Sandra Buckley.
THE closure of Belcroute Ward at the General Hospital is symptomatic of the poor treatment of the mentally ill in Jersey (JEP, 26 February).
A good friend of mine who has suffered from mental illness was unfortunate enough to be affected by the closure of Belcroute. Being sent to St Saviour’s Hospital is devastating for anyone going through the trauma of mental illness.
What he said to me the other day, when I asked him to describe the difference between Belcroute Ward and St Saviour’s Hospital, should be heeded by those in charge. ‘Being admitted to Belcroute meant that you knew you were getting treatment for your illness. Being admitted to St Saviour’s Hospital felt as if you were being punished for being mentally ill.’
Grande Route de St Jean.