I read this morning about patients waiting 11 (eleven) hours outside of A&E departments.
The PM announced a rise in NI tax this week. I understand this is to offset some of the damage they have done to the NHS over the past decade. Fantastic. (And yes, Whitey is still on the moon).
For today, I hope to keep popping out, spending quality time with patients, understanding what is important to them, their preferences, hopes, fears and aspirations, and supporting them to stay outside acute care.
Mostly, my approach is to consider that we, that is the community services (those outside the acute hospital) can and do support a far broader range of patients than people realise and, when working well together, can care for a significant proportion of the people who otherwise arrive at the door of A&E.
In life, there are those who work and act quickly; my mum would say, ‘chick-chak’ which I think is a derivation of Hebrew meaning, ‘promptly, without messing about,’ and, those who tend to dilly-dally.
All of these add richness to relationship and whilst not essential for me prescribing penicillin are essential to my humanity.
Sure, we know that unnecessary hospitalisation is bad, but what about inappropriate institutionalisation?
Remember, I am not English…
But… Dr Who – he’s international; the guy with the blue police-box, alien time-lord?