Delighted to say wife came home yesterday, after her fall last Sunday,
and Operation Monday.
While she was there, I went in daily. A large multi story for visitors
and substantial ground level outside car park for staff. The staff car
park was stuffed to the gunnels Monday to Friday, but probably less than
ten per cent full at the weekend. Card controlled, so no outsiders. Who
was not here at the weekend? Hospital ran as normal, nurses, support
staff, physios, concession staff, porters, cleaners, kitchen staff etc.
Presumably a few surgeons and senior doctors don't work weekends, but
who were all the others? Surely not all admin. staff, 9-5 M-F pen
They tend to try and empty wards for weekends so less doctors and nurses
They won't have as many radiographers, and lab staff in.
They won't have many receptionists in.
fewer consultants and their staff.
the list goes on.
Many are department secretaries - taking, cancelling and amending
appointments; dealing with requests to departments for prescriptions for
meds that are only prescribed by hospitals; dealing with patients'
telephone queries, etc. All very necessary.
I agree that there is too much paperwork though.
Nop. Its te same everywhere.
Being of a certain age I go into hopsipatls many times a year fior
royine this and that. The 'girl at te desk; is always enormous, alwaysw
mildly oincompetemt and unable to use teh ciomputer systems effectively,
and essentially someone I would never employ.
Once pas that barrier, te nurses and technicians are mostly highly
professional and competent and the consulatants usually excellent, with
one or two glaring exceptions.
And its not a case of "Consultant X" was from Country Y therefore all
people from there are crap'
As I said best heart surgeon to date was a hot Persian bird. Worst was I
think mildly Irish. Worst consultant was indian. Had a brilliant
Nigerian GP briefly, and a seen a totally crap Nigerian consultant in A
& E make two wrong diagnoses, corrected by the next duty doctor after
the nurses had spoken to the patient and correctly diagnosed it amongst
Ther are bad apples in the cinsulatncey arena but the NHS is always
scared of firing them until they have killed people.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the
other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
On 08/10/2019 09:53, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
They must see TNP coming as my experience has been nothing like that in
any hospital I have been in.
Maybe he calls them cnuts and they react accordingly?
I generally find all the staff pleasant and they know my name without me
having to tell them, including the reception staff.
They also know what they are doing.
I did discover that the appointments office never gets any thanks so I
took a box of biscuits in and the manager nearly cried, I have never had
trouble getting the appointment I want since. 8-)
The senior thoracic surgeon at the local south wales hospital where I
worked in the 70's was known by the theatre nurses and blood bank
technicians as 'Chopper Harley'.
We were always handing out O neg and hurredly xmatching more units
when he was operating.
A couple of years later when I moved to a London teching hospital
I soon noticed that the same operations were being done without
using any of the xmatched units at all. Every day a dozen or so
blood packs would be returned to general available stock after the
patient had had the op and gone on to ITU. This was the difference
between being admitted to a teaching hospital in the 70's or a
crummy local hospital.
All the junior surgeons knew he was incompetent, but could not
speak out, without destroying their own career.
As it will if Corbyn gets into power and wipes out the UK economy.
Add on the loss of potentially all the existing 29% of total
income tax that the top 1% of earners pay and the public services
On 07/10/2019 10:54, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
In my mothers case the right hand has no idea what the left hand is
doing. According to the admin staff at the local hospital my mother has
been in a ward for the past 4 weeks - she has been at home with care
workers coming in twice a day during this time.
The medical care has been good.
From my observations too many admin staff duplicating tasks, jobsworths
or generally performing inefficiency.
I get the strong impression that at the local hospital _CURRENT_ records
are kept in both paper and electronic forms. The paper records are
transferred to electronic form _LONG_ after the event hence when going
for after care the staff look on the computer for the records and get
the wrong answers. My mother now keeps a record of appointments and what
was done etc. that she takes with her to her after care appointments.
This is to get over the problem when turning up for an appointment, say,
on a Wednesday only to be told that she needs an X-ray first and which
she actually had the day before.
In my local doctor's surgery all records are kept electronically with
the doctor entering information during the appointment (I can also see
my test results etc. over the internet)
Ha! On one occasion the bloke typed busily after the consultation and
then printed a prescription. It wasn't until I'd gone round to
reception to get the prescription filled that I noticed it said "For
Mrs Joe Bloggs". The fathead had been typing my notes into the wrong
"Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny's the only guaranteed byproduct of
those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do." -- Bigby Wolf
Yes our GP practice managed to get a large chunk of my son's entries in
my wife's record. It caused problems with repeat prescriptions and
repeat appointments for ages. They can't just take it out either -
patient records are a legal record and sections cannot be deleted. An
amendment can be added, but that doesn't help when they don't read far
enough to get to that!
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