Occasionally the nurse in attendance might advise the paramedics or the doctors, ‘He was 100 years old, he was very unwell,’
I am no historian. I struggle with details. Dates and times have never been my thing. I am however a reflector. I look at the world around me, absorb its colours and ponder. I was going to say ‘think’ although FEEL is probably more accurate. For once, I will not quote Bruce Lee (Google, ‘almondemotionContinue reading “Dementia, David Cameron and losing ground”
Ensure independence, autonomy and the right care and support for people living with dementia (and, yes, older people in general) and the NHS will be fine.
Working as he does with people who have dementia, is it even worthwhile sending the GP a note – ‘Your patient did not attend the clinic this morning; we will see them routinely in six months.’ Or worse, ‘Your patient did not attend the clinic. We have discharged them.’
When a surgeon is poised over my broken hip I would like that clinical sterility, that void of softness; yet, for that surgeon to function in a team, with people, peers, they need the kindness, caring and empathy of the group, the ability to be told-off for a silly mistake or mis-perception; ego can’t be allowed in.
In the hospitals (the hole) we sit and wait.
Eventually, inevitably, the older person will fall-in;
It perhaps has something to do with my internet settings or preferences, I don’t know; you see, I get a number of emails from different national and international health organisations informing me of conferences and award ceremonies taking place in the realm of Quality Improvement. This is the science of doing things better in healthContinue reading “Flow; best left to plumbers.”
Thank you to my friend and avid reader Freda for pointing-out something I had missed in today’s blog about the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre in Hull. ‘So many assessments – completed individually or as a panel? Tiring? Was thinking Doris would have to stay overnight?’ That was her consideration of someone visiting the centreContinue reading “Health Care Support Workers (Jean Bishop II)”
Not the Tibetan kind (single ‘l’), rather the South American variety.
Those who spit.
We, that is those working in health and social care live with the spectre of Mid-Staffs hanging over us; the comparison, the worst you can imagine, like telling someone they are ugly.
Would a tiger if given the option have chosen its stripes? Surely;
It is interesting. If you go back to the Great War and look at the men who returned from the front to be shot for cowardice, or later diagnosed with shell-shock and what we know today as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, how society views health and disease, physical and psychological wellbeing, evolves over time. It isContinue reading “Post-traumatic bullying disorder”
Do you learn in a hospital, do you get better in school?
Our health and social care staff need to gain a better understanding of this condition – how to identify the early signs, how to diagnose and treat.
I don’t want to analyse the etymology of this phrase, yet, it is something that I have noticed cropping-up over the years. I suspect people say this outside of medicine, but in the context of a doctor taking to a nurse, ‘he’s a bit of an arse,’ tends to suggest the person has behaved inContinue reading “Bit of an arse.”