IN response to the question in last week’s paper about Woodlands, this is my experience.
I am 34 years old, spent nearly three months at Woodlands Centre for Acute Care from August to October 2011.
Without going into details, I had reached a very low point in my life which led to suicidal feelings.
Six months on, I am in a much better place and enjoying life again.
I know that part of my recovery is down to the excellent care I received from the caring staff at Woodlands, and I will always be very grateful for how they helped me through this low point in my life.
I know that this is their job, but the staff at Woodlands show that they genuinely care for the patients in the way they helped me.
Obviously I cannot vouch for the goings-on at the centre during the time of the incidents reported in the Observer over recent weeks.
But I can unequivocally say that, in my experience, the care I received at Woodlands was first-class and the current staff, many of whom have been there a number of years, should be commended for the way they go about their, sometimes difficult, job.