Friend in fear of hospitals and needles
Hi all. I joined this board to ask a question I really hope someone can help me with.
A very close friend of mine concerns me by telling me never to take her to hospital, even not to call an ambulance in the event of an emergency. This is a result of a panic disorder condition she has resulting from a psychologically traumatic experience she had as a young child. She is terminally afraid of hospitals and does not go to them at all for fear of a serious panic attack and harm to her ongoing recovery process she is undergoing with a psychiatrist.
The initial traumatic experience was one involving needles and to recieve an injection is anathema to her.
What worries me is that in an emergency, or indeed for treatment of medical issues in general, hospital is not an option. This makes her very unsafe and I really want to know what hospitals can offer for treating such patients.
Suggestions on treatment of the condition are not really what I'm looking for, rather ideas on what I could do if I had to accompany her to hospital in the next 24 hours, for example.
Could I be assured that a hospital would be able to accomodate her by visiting her outside the hospital or through some facility? Or any way they could basically support her so that she would not have to deal with serious stress on top of any life threatening condition.
It seems that if she were involved in a car crash for instance, going to A and E would be catastrophic and counter productive. It seems like an impossible situation.
I wonder are there professionals aware of this as a common issue, and does anyone know where to find info or if such considerations are acted on in UK hospitals?
As for the needle issue, does anyone know if alternatives to needle for intravenous drug transmission are accesSible in the UK? Or what is on hand for support of people needing injections who can't face them?
If anyone happens to know more specifically about the NHS in Sussex, that would be a big plus.
Many thanks in advance for any advice and for taking the time to read my post.
All the best and look forward to reading any responses, Thanks!
Last edited by SJameson; 12-22-2011 at 09:42 AM.