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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 3,914
    Sounds awful @Ben Cotto. I agree with you, when the NHS is good, it's usually very good but in many cases, it's not. I don't know what the answer is.  I think standards of nursing started to slip when they introduced degree courses for nurses. There was surely scope for basic nurses with no or little academic qualifications but a world of experience and compassion to be kept on and encouraged plus more highly qualified nursing staff.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,313
    Totally agree @Lizzie27.

    Woke up again
    To my chagrin
    Getting sick and tired of
    Feeling sick and tired again
  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 146
    My wife and I have spent the last two years nursing my dad through lung cancer (never smoked in his life) - he passed in March this year aged 82.
    I'm a big supporter of the NHS and really wish I could say his treatment was good - it wasn't. From diagnonsis to oncology to treatment and to support (both to my dad and his relatives) .. his treatment was poor. So much so we are taking legal advice.
    Having said that, a number of NHS and support staff tried their best despite fighting a system that quite frankly failed people like my dad.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 3,914
    Sorry to hear that @Rik56
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,763
    edited December 2019
    Our experience of the NHS's handing of Husband's cancer has been superb from start to finish.
    We were given a timetable of treatment way back in about April / May and absolutely everything was done exactly to the time scale . 

    A few times we called the hospital at night and we were never patronised or made to feel we were over reacting  or wasting anyone's time and the following day they always called back to see how things had gone overnight.

    After 7 hours of surgery his surgeon personally phoned to tell me how it had gone and on the day of discharge even asked the exact date of a holiday we have booked for next March so she can arrange his follow up surgery in time. 
    Devon.
  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 146
    Lizzie27 said:
    Sorry to hear that @Rik56
    Thank you.

    Its a shame - the NHS has potential to be a fantastic service and I must say, my late mum who died in 2013 got great treatment for a long term heart condition during the late 80s and early 90s which extended her life considerably, so my dads experience is very disappointing.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 3,914
    OH had his MRI scan this morning. Seen on the dot, in and out in an hour. Staff very friendly and explained the experience well he said.  Brilliant!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,763
    Saw GP last night, suspected gall bladder infection, antibiotics prescribed and bloods taken this morning. Nurse practitioner and GP have both called today to check on how I'm feeling.Another call booked for 9am tomorrow Brilliant.
    Devon.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,512
    My experience yesterday

    -I found a lump. Having had chemo a few years ago I was worried it was a recurrance.
    -3pm ring the GP to make an appointment
    -4pm go to the appointment
    -5pm cancer ruled out as unlikely but have been booked in for scans available on Friday.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,705
    pansyface said:


    KT, I experienced something like your wife’s situation. All I can say is, doctors are only human. With all the things that can go wrong in a human body it’s a wonder that so many of us function at all. And as for pinpointing the exact cause of a malfunction in some part or other....

    Your wife will find an answer, I am sure. 
    I hope you are right, but this has been going on for years.  The underlying problem I believe is a lack of continuity of contact with a single GP.  I don't know about other surgeries, but at ours you are asked the purpose of the appointment which is supposedly added to the notes.  Get to the GP and they don't have any idea why you are there, and haven't read the notes.  With almost fixed 10 minute appointments the time is either taken up by the GP re-reading the notes, or going back to the start to try to explain the symptoms and what has happened to date.
    Within our surgery, which is now a combination of 3 previously separate surgeries, there are over 20 doctors on the 'permanent' list plus any number of junior doctors training as GPs (to be fair they tend to be the one's who actually show most interest), and a constant stream of locums.  I know the problems with staff retention, but none of it helps to get a resolution.
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