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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Hospital accident counselling


    You may be in need of hospital accident counselling as part of your long-term recovery if you were injured in an accident at a hospital. Whether you were physically or psychologically injured, counselling can help you regain a sense of control over your own life. You may not expect to suffer an injury in a hospital, but there can be high risks working in or visiting a hospital. You may have been exposed to a traumatic incident involving colleagues, friends or family, or you could have suffered a physical injury as a patient or visitor. You may have sought medical assistance after your accident, with your GP advising you to seek out counselling.

    What are the benefits of counselling?

    After a serious accident, you could find yourself emotionally or psychologically badly affected. Perhaps you are experiencing difficulty sleeping after being injured in a hospital, with frequent flashbacks or an inability to think about other things stopping you from moving on. Other potential symptoms of an acute mental health injury are recurrent anxiety, sudden panic attacks or depression. Living through this can be difficult and make it hard for you to have trouble-free relationships with your colleagues, friends or family.

    When you first start your mental healthcare treatment, your counsellor will assess the nature and extent of your injury. You may only need a few sessions to address the issue sufficiently, or to help you understand the techniques you can employ to improve your mental well-being. A lengthier course of treatment could be advised if there are more issues to minimise or transform. The main benefit of seeing a counsellor is knowing that you are receiving expert treatment and advice about your well-being.

    Can I afford private mental healthcare?

    You may have started seeing a private counsellor, or perhaps are considering your options at present. The main benefit of seeing a private counsellor is that you can avoid the waiting lists that typically operate in the NHS. You tend to have more choices by going private, which could help you get the best treatment you need to improve your health.

    Of course, the potential drawback to private healthcare is the cost associated with it. You may find it difficult to pay for private treatment, or may even find an excellent counsellor working through the NHS. The important thing to remember is that you should think about what is best for you. The standard of care is usually equally high in both the NHS and the private sector, but you could get better faster by paying for your own treatment. If you are worried about the cost, you may be able to find help from Accident Advice Helpline. Although we do not pay directly for your hospital accident counselling fees, we can help you make a claim for compensation. If your claim is successful, you can use the money received to pay your counselling fees.

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    Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more. Simply call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get personalised hospital accident advice.

    Date Published: February 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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