A nurse's experience

Sarah Camp, charge nurse

“What surprised me the most about making this film was how much the patients loved getting involved. Our thoughts when we first considered making the documentary were primarily focused on how the patients would react but they just got on with it, many were intrigued at first but accepted the camera was there and carried on as normal, they weren’t bothered by it.

Some patients have paranoid ideas so we had to ensure we were not fuelling these in any way. Some have specific delusions; ironically one woman had fears she was being pursed by a Channel 4 camera crew. When this issue arose the producers stopped filming and waited until the patient had gone, it was imperative we dealt with this sensitively.

In Lambeth Triage every day is different, it certainly never gets boring. You meet people from all walks of life – anyone can have a mental illness. Most patients are only here a few days but some can stay for longer if they are really ill and there is nowhere else for them to go. The hardest part of my job is if a patient gets violent, that can happen when people are acutely unwell, but there is a great team of dedicated people here and we are always relieved when we see the patient get better.

I couldn’t think of anything other area of work which could be as diverse or rewarding as this and I think this will come across in the documentary.”

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