I have been admitted to St Saviours hospital 4 or 5 times over the last 10 years or so. Was first admitted in March 2004 and stayed at the old Chausey ward in the main building at St Saviours. I was prescribed a powerful anti-psychotic called Risperidone and as far as I can remember I checked out voluntarily. I ended up back in there in September that year due to a relapse of my symptoms I think I stayed a bit longer that time.
I was discharged and then stopped taking the prescribed medication in October 2005 due to the unpleasant side effects. Ended up back in St Saviours in April 2006 after my GP was called out and diagnosed me as psychotic (heard voices) which was followed by a trip down to A&E where they persuaded me to go into hospital. An ambulance took me there and then later that day they tried to get me to take some medication which I refused so they sectioned me.
Later that first evening I continued to resist treatment so they wrestled me to the ground and injected me with a sedative. Ended up staying there for 3 months and was one of the first patients to move into the newly refurbished Orchard House unit.
I was discharged in June 2006 into the Clairvale road recovery unit where I stayed until November 2006 when I was moved into social housing and was put onto a depot injection of Risperidone Consta to assure I was compliant. Everything was fine until December 2008 when I had a second major psychotic episode despite taking the medication supplied.
This time I believed I had been cursed and it was black magic, was in Guernsey at my sisters at the time and she had to call the police to take me away to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital where again they persuaded me to go into the Castel hospital, later that first evening they gave me something which knocked me out, I remember staggering around and then nothing.
Stayed in the Castel Hospital Guernsey over New Year 2009 until I was due back to Jersey when two members of staff accompanied me back to Jersey on the Condor Fast Ferry, was met by my CPN at the harbour and whisked up to Orchard House where I spent the next few months and was discharged in March 2009.
Haven't been back since and am now on Clozopine which has reduced some unpleasant symptoms I was having and I haven't been back in hospital for four years now.