MCES Crisis Residential

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  • 50 Beech Dr

    Norristown, PA 19403

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  • 610-631-2480

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I want to start off with how GREAT my therapist there was, he was really excellent and better than any of the other therapists there.

Psychiatric care provided overall was not delivered in my best interests and ended up hurting me with medications that caused some pretty insane side effects. One of the doctors there immediately took me off all my medications when I was first admitted with the reasoning of "you really only need one of these"- when they were crucial medications that I needed just to simply breathe.

The Physician Assistant there was great and helped straighten out any prescription issues by putting me back onto my asthma and allergy meds.

A huge problem I had at the facility there was that patients were permitted to smoke INDOORS!!!! On hot and muggy days, the smoke could be smelled throughout the entire hospital and all of the asthmatics would frequently visit the nurses' window for breathing treatments- it was THAT thick. (And it was 2008.... not 1978- insane with all the indoor smoking!)

I feared for my safety there- the entire ward was co-ed and mixed ages and diagnoses. Fights would break out daily, and would frequently involve flying chairs and lunch trays. There were psychotic men, geriatric patients, suicidal college students, a woman who ran naked, and anger management patients.

Some of my (very few) possessions went missing, and a pair of pants was stolen from the laundry room and never returned.

We weren't allowed to have anything except clothes, books, and a few personal hygeine items. The hospital mostly gave you anything you needed- which included a brown paper bag to keep your stuff in, cheap flip flops, tooth brush, tooth paste (disgusting), shampoo packets, and a hospital gown for you to wear when you wash your clothes.

There was a TV that only received 2 television channels, and wouldn't be turned on until after dinner. Group therapy mostly consisted of coloring books and crayons, there was one yoga class that took place once a week, and there was recreation that consisted of going into the basement to watch a TV that got an additional channel and pool tables- or outside in the (prison like) compound garden to sit on lawn chairs or play volleyball.

Phone usage was inconsistent there- there were 2 free phones which would constantly be broken, or would have an insane waiting line to use, and a large number of payphones. It was difficult for my friends to reach me because patients would be the ones answering the payphones, and with 75+ patients on the same ward not everyone would know eachother- very confusing for the callers, many of whom did not realize that it was a patient who answered the phone in the first place.

Overall, the hospital aided me in my short term crisis need- but I would not recommend staying there for more than 72 hours, ask to be transferred to another hospital- such as Horsham or Belmont.

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★★☆☆☆

I want to start off with how GREAT my therapist there was, he was really excellent and better than any of the other therapists there.

Psychiatric care provided overall was not delivered in my best interests and ended up hurting me with medications that caused some pretty insane side effects. One of the doctors there immediately took me off all my medications when I was first admitted with the reasoning of "you really only need one of these"- when they were crucial medications that I needed just to simply breathe.

The Physician Assistant there was great and helped straighten out any prescription issues by putting me back onto my asthma and allergy meds.

A huge problem I had at the facility there was that patients were permitted to smoke INDOORS!!!! On hot and muggy days, the smoke could be smelled throughout the entire hospital and all of the asthmatics would frequently visit the nurses' window for breathing treatments- it was THAT thick. (And it was 2008.... not 1978- insane with all the indoor smoking!)

I feared for my safety there- the entire ward was co-ed and mixed ages and diagnoses. Fights would break out daily, and would frequently involve flying chairs and lunch trays. There were psychotic men, geriatric patients, suicidal college students, a woman who ran naked, and anger management patients.

Some of my (very few) possessions went missing, and a pair of pants was stolen from the laundry room and never returned.

We weren't allowed to have anything except clothes, books, and a few personal hygeine items. The hospital mostly gave you anything you needed- which included a brown paper bag to keep your stuff in, cheap flip flops, tooth brush, tooth paste (disgusting), shampoo packets, and a hospital gown for you to wear when you wash your clothes.

There was a TV that only received 2 television channels, and wouldn't be turned on until after dinner. Group therapy mostly consisted of coloring books and crayons, there was one yoga class that took place once a week, and there was recreation that consisted of going into the basement to watch a TV that got an additional channel and pool tables- or outside in the (prison like) compound garden to sit on lawn chairs or play volleyball.

Phone usage was inconsistent there- there were 2 free phones which would constantly be broken, or would have an insane waiting line to use, and a large number of payphones. It was difficult for my friends to reach me because patients would be the ones answering the payphones, and with 75+ patients on the same ward not everyone would know eachother- very confusing for the callers, many of whom did not realize that it was a patient who answered the phone in the first place.

Overall, the hospital aided me in my short term crisis need- but I would not recommend staying there for more than 72 hours, ask to be transferred to another hospital- such as Horsham or Belmont.

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