This is obviously slightly off topic in regards to my blog, but lately the NHS has been getting bad press. Ive had my share of use out of the NHS with surgeries, GP appointments, Psychology appointments, ambulance requirements, Mental health services the list goes on but like everyone else in UK I pay my National Insurance. Hospitals though out England have been under massive strain due to the winter, elderly live longer and there are more chronic illnesses that inflict people such as diabetes. My little boy for instance has a rare genetic disorder and he sometimes requires stays on the children wards. It obviously happens through out all of the NHS.
Trusts have been criticized due cancelling non-urgent, planned surgeries due to the lack of space on wards, beds being full as well as staff shortages. Ambulances waiting for half hour plus to hand over patients because A&E’s have been so full. Then you get the angry public, of course it is frustrating to have your surgery cancelled or your out-patients appointment rearranged and may even make you annoyed but there would be a reason behind it and sometimes you just need to take a breath and think okay, I don’t mind waiting a little while longer, no big deal. I knows it horrible if you live with chronic pain and need surgery for that pain. Your reading about someone who knows whats it like to live with chronic pain- Endometriosis. I think we are incredibly lucky to have the NHS and maybe the best Health care in the world.
We can’t moan about the NHS, there are staff working 60 hour weeks, you could walk into A&E and see you will need to wait 4 hours to be seen and maybe longer if an emergency comes in. You have to remember that behind the doors, there could be a patient in resus with a doctor performing CPR because the patient has gone into Cardiac arrest, if the patient passes away then he moves on to the next person. A frantic mother walks through the door being sent by her GP because her child has suspected meningitis, the child automatically take priority. All life-threatening cases will take priority no matter what, Doctors and nurses don’t know whats coming through the door, a patient who may have been bought in by helicopter because of a car accident has been anesthetized at the scene due the severity of the injuries will easily take up several doctors and nurses for assessment and even a theater for life saving surgery and a bed in Intensive care. We must always think there could be somebody fighting for their life behind those doors and doctors and nurses working tirelessly to save them. You must always remember that it could be you or a relative and you will snap a doctors arm in saying thank you in saving yours or a relatives life. Don’t take our NHS for granted.
Then there is our Ambulance service, the front-line medics who take abuse day in and day out. They have response time of just 8 minutes but sometimes delays they can go over that response time or a priority call has come first and if the service is strained or no ambulances available and your non urgent you can wait several hours. A patient who goes in cardiac arrest needs two ambulance crews and car accidents many more, an ambulance crew may deal with a challenging patient and even a patient with mental health issues who is struggling and in a crisis.
We must remember Doctors, nurses, Paramedics, Porters, HCA’s, auxiliary staff etc are all HUMAN too. The same applies to GP’s. We must be kind and considerate no matter what, these people may have had a bad day too. We must respect everything they do because without them we wouldn’t have the medical care we have today. I am very grateful to have a service that will save my life, which already has on a couple of three occasions!
Only use A&E and 999 if you really have too, use your GP or 111 as a port of call first. People who do not need A&E will lessen the strain on our hospitals.