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Lake Alice: the West Malling connection

In my last post I mentioned that Selwyn Leeks, who ran the child and adolescent unit at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand, had a great-grandfather who was the proprietor of a private asylum in West Malling, Kent, England. In … Continue reading

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Lake Alice: who was Selwyn Leeks?

Who was Selwyn Leeks, the psychiatrist who ran the Lake Alice child and adolescent unit during its short existence from 1972 to 1978? Was there, I wondered, anything in his background that would throw light on his subsequent career and … Continue reading

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Lake Alice: history

In June 2021 the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 spent two weeks hearing evidence about what occurred at the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s.  “The Inquiry … Continue reading

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ECT: what do you wake up from?

When someone undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), what do they wake up or come round from afterwards? Some patient information leaflets are explicit:  “They [qualified staff] can help you with the process of waking up from the anaesthetic…” (Royal College of … Continue reading

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ECT patient information leaflets

Psychologist Christopher Harrop and colleagues have recently (June 2021) published an article in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: “How accurate are ECT patient information leaflets provided by mental health services in England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists? … Continue reading

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ECT: another lie in Parliament

In a post in January 2021 I wrote about a misleading answer given by Nadine Dorries (Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care).In response to a question about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) asked by shadow minister for mental health … Continue reading

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ECT at Lake Alice: a team of maggots

I have written here about psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks and the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on children and young people at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand in the 1970s. On Monday 14 June 2021 a Royal Commission on Abuse … Continue reading

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Barbiturates then and now

In December 2020 I wrote a post about psychiatrist Kenneth Milner and his use of the barbiturate sodium amytal on children at Aston Hall. I was struck, in reading the police report on Aston Hall Hospital, by comments made by … Continue reading

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ECT for agression in dementia in Canada

I used to have a postcard from Oxfam which said something along the lines of “I don’t know whether to be a shining example or a dreadful warning” and I am sometimes reminded of these words when reading “case reports” … Continue reading

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ECT: an exciting and rare opportunity

Hywel Dda University Health Board are advertising for a nurse to join their electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) team. An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Electroconvulsive Therapy Recovery (ECT) Nurse to join the ECT Team for Hywel … Continue reading

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