Can anti-psychotics be given to my mum in psych ward without any prior consultation?

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Noaksie1, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. Noaksie1

    Noaksie1 Registered User

    Nov 2, 2010
    13
    Sussex UK
    Hello lovely people

    My mum who is in psych ward (was sectioned, now DoLS) has been given Risperidone (for talking to herself) as well as Memantine, she was on Donepezil. I wasn't consulted beforehand and told of benefits, risks, etc. She also has a subdural haematoma. If I ask on the ward, they will probably tell me that she can be given any meds without any comms so I thought i would check to see if anyone on here knows. I would be grateful for any comments, thank you.

    Best wishes
    N
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,282
    Male
    North Manchester
    Do you have H&W LPA?
    Have you asked to be informed of any changes in treatment?
     
  3. Noaksie1

    Noaksie1 Registered User

    Nov 2, 2010
    13
    Sussex UK
    Hi, sadly no LPoA but have asked for them to keep me informed.
    Thanks
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,658
    Kent
    I`m not sure but I think you would be within your rights to ask for a meeting with her hospital doctors.

    Your mother has been sectioned and is on a psychiatric ward so the doctors probably have the right to act in her best interest. However if you are next of kin I do think you should be kept informed.
     
  5. BeckyJan

    BeckyJan Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    18,972
    Derbyshire
    Hello Noaksie,
    You will see I have moved this Thread to the 'I care for someone with dementia' section.

    I agree with Grannie G about seeing the Mental Health doctor who is responsible for your Mother. You may need to ring his secretary to make an appointment and you should get details from the leader of the Unit where your Mother is now.

    Let us know how you get along.
     
  6. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,490
    Female
    Near Southampton
    I was informed when my husband was given Rispiridone but was powerless to prevent it and he wasn't even on a psych ward, just a cardio-vascular one.
    I think they will say it is in your mother's best interests but you should have been informed as NOK. I was and I didn't have LPA nor did anyone even ask if I had at that time.
     

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