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Gentle psychiatric nurse helps me avoid stress

Maureen Robinson says nurse David Robinson allows her to relax and focus on her own health and even helps with her benefits

Maureen Robinson says nurse David Robinson allows her to relax and focus on her own health and even helps with her benefits


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David Robinson – no relation – is my community psychiatric nurse (CPN) and the first male CPN I have ever had.

He is a wonderful, kind, gentle man and is great to talk to, even about women's health issues.

He came to nursing as a second career, having worked on oil rigs off the coast of Canada. Making such a big change showed how much he wanted to be a nurse.

I did well in a photography competition for the Alzheimer’s Society and they used my picture of crocuses for their calendar. I gave him a copy and he said he would frame it and put it on his desk, which pleased me a great deal.

Practical support

Sometimes David realises that I talk a lot about other people’s problems rather than focusing on my own. He reminds me to talk about what is bothering me.

David helps me avoid too much stress, which can be a problem because I am a carer for my mother. This year has been difficult as we have sold her house and are about to move her into sheltered accommodation. David suggested that I let my five brothers and three sisters deal with it and not worry myself about whether everything was going to plan.

He has also made sure I received the financial benefits to which I am entitled. I had to get an assessment to see if I qualified for personal independence payments, which can be offered to people with long-term illness or mental health problems. He came along to the assessment and supported me. Without his help, I could have lost all the extra money I receive as a result of having disabilities.

 

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