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how stupid are hospital staff?

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Ganton Gunner, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    ive been waiting for almost 2 weeks now to get a appointment about my back with the specialist at hull hospital :mad:

    today i was delighted to see i had a letter from hull hospital so i opened it expecting good news and a appointment :D

    when i opened it i discovered it was a letter telling me i will be soon getting a letter with a appointment :confused::eek:

    isit me or is this the daftest thing going are they just having a laugh :facepalm::wtf:
     
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  2. Chinnymonster81

    Chinnymonster81 Busy Member

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    No just some over paid support manager justifying their existence. Same as most government funded businesses where there are more managers and administrative staff than actual workers who are all convinced that they make the work get done.
     
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    Pete ive had 11 letters telling me what my doctor did in 5 mins....Dave
     
  4. Barcelona68

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    As an inanimate object yeah I'd say hospitals are not very intelligent at all.

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    Damn you JRK... :)
     
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    You won't be the last...!
     
  6. oldbugger

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    what he said mate....it beggars belief :eek:
     
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    As an ex or should I say ongoing patient of the Hull back pain clinic make sure you take something comfy to sit on when you finally get your appointment.
    The wait for the consultant is usually a long one!
     
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    Yup, We've had this level of stupidity in the last 12 months. Me and the missus have had 3 failed pregnancies (8weeks/24weeks/15weeks) and EVERY single follow up appointment is started with the question "and what are you here for today" and "Are you pregnant?" - How I haven t punched one of them in the face is beyond me :mad:

    After the still-born at 24 weeks we still got letters through the post from the docs asking Emma to come in to see the Nurse to see how the pregnancy was going etc
     
  9. Trampilot

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    My wife went to the emergency Gp with a swollen arm. She takes cancer drugs which give a risk to DVT so needed to check it out. We are sent off to A&E to see a specialist and get some tests done. The wait in A&E was an hour - not bad for a Friday I guess!

    She then gets sent to a small room to wait for a doctor.

    An F1/F2 appears and says its probably a torn muscle - she goes to the gym but need tests to confirm. Over the next 2 hours two more doctors come in recommending various tests. They put her on a drip with some medication to help with the swelling.

    Fast forward to Saturday.

    Wife is now in a gynae ward (?) and still hasn't had any tests or even a drink. She now has a headache from being dehydrated but they refuse to give her a drink in case she needs emergency surgery. She has been in the hospital for over 12 hours.

    An Ultrasound appointment finally materialises. The radiologist is a miserable sod who complains that he shouldn't be in work and doesn't do arms so doesn't know what to look for.

    By Saturday evening she has managed to negotiate a drip with the nurses in order to stop getting completely dehydrated. I bring in some "emergency sausages" but she has to refuse as she's been told not to eat incase of emergency surgery.

    Sunday morning. A doctor appears - one we haven't seen before. And says it was probably a torn muscle (as per the original diagnosis) so she can go home but have some paracetamol for the pain. She wasn't in pain. Never mentioned any pain and doesn't need any pills.

    At her next appointment with her breast surgeon she mentioned this episode and was told, if it happens again, call him and he'll sort her out.


    Sorry NHS but as romantic as some people paint you, this was crap.

    As far as the managerial/customer service side, by sending a pre-appointment letter they can then say "we respond to all correspondance within XXXX days" even if its just a holding letter. Pointless.
     
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    SO glad I`m not working in healthcare anymore.....run by gibbons, managed by chimps and overseen by fools. I`ve a friend who`s an NHS manager-one who knows what he`s doing- and he says he only goes in to see what`s gone wrong that day. his stories of waste, stupidity and incompetence are unreal....
    There are some staff in hospitals who do a good job, but they`re stymied by the tick box and target culture.
     
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    I've good and bad experiences, but generally good.. sorry not to join in with the NHS bashing, but my last experience was one whereby staff were under-resourced and overworked; they were knowledgeable and committed; treated patients with respect and were able to turn their bedside manner to sensitivity or gallows-humour as appropriate to the individual. The only thing I had other than respect was a sour-taste that the staff had to work under such conditions, such a workload requiring rushing thereby surely being an environment to breed mistakes, but due to their diligence there were none I observed. It was to the point that I asked if one nurse would like me to complain that they were so understaffed, but she said no - the management would only use it as a stick to beat them. Kudos
     
  12. steve_lincs

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    did something to my leg/hip while shooting 8 months ago, had some chiro treatment and was helping but couldnt afford to carry it on weekly so went to gp, he sent me for some physio.

    physio said they couldnt help as it was bursitus and i would need steroid injections in my leg to help .. so waited for appointment

    bursitus people said its not that and that its most likely a strained ligament or chipped bone so need to see a different specialist

    went to see specialist and he asked about xrays and mri scan, i said i had none so of i went and waited for appointment for them

    went back to specialist and he said he wasnt a hip nor leg specialist and grantham/lincs area dont have any so i need to go for an hour an half drive to coventry, of i went waiting for appointment

    got a letter from coventry saying i had an appointment in march woohoo im going to be fixed

    got a letter the next week saying that its been cancelled and now have an appointment in may grrrrr

    got a letter this week and brought forward to april

    i give in now, been passed from pillar to post, and nw waiting for another letter to say its back to may :mad::mad:

    i now if i needed emergency i would be ok, but so far im having a right run around and a good 8 months been wasted, not happy with nhs i must say
     
  13. Andy-K2

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    On a lighter note, I was woken up during the evening after an operation years ago to be given 2 sleeping tablets to help me sleep...:rolleyes:
     
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    My GP told me I could cut my fentanyl patch in half to get a reduced dose, fentanyl is like morphine x 90 and cutting one in half would have seen an early demise for me, I also asked a different GP for a drug called sativex for pain relief ( its cannabis based and made in the uk) and was immediately offered an appointment with the local drug and alcohol abuse team
     
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    With some hospitals being under the spotlight recently,for the wrong reasons,I expect they're being over cautious and just covering their arse so to speak.
     
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    lets not forget that while nhs bashing is all the rage nowadays, we are fortunate to have a healthcare service that is free at the point of access. I've lived in new york some time ago and some of my friends literally had to choose what medicines they could afford to take that month - their blood pressure pills or their diabetes pills.
     
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    Not a huge fan of the NHS as i know first hand how much money is wasted. However as a diabetic I have to say thanks to them as its the meds they prescribe that keep me here.
     
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    You will not here a bad word from me about nhs, our gp, frimley park and royal surrey was spot on and saved my fathers life.

    I see what those guys did in icu for him and words fail me just how gratefull I am, and how hard they work, I mean 12 hour shift on the go all the time.. I could not do it.
     
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    Bad experience or good experience lest not forget that the NHS concept is social beauty, some of the experiences above are not good reading, but polarise the situation where only the people who can afford emergency medical care get it, makes me shudder.

    The NHS 'should' be more effective, but there are budgets, targets to behold to, we all SO take it for granted, the old, knackered kind grandmother that is the NHS, is dying.

    Get health insurance, you'll be well looked after, but when push really comes to shove, and you're on brinkmanship the old lass will try her best.

    Its a flogged horse, sadly.
     
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    My experience as a private patient (level 2 spinal fusion) was some way behind the experience I had as a NHS patient some years later. Health insurance doesn't guarantee a better level of care or the outcome.
     

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