Posts Tagged ‘NHS’

Money’s Too Tight To Cure You

June 1, 2015
Cancer cure

Cancer conundrum

We’re seeing reports of another possible cure for cancer which is great.

But as usual, we’re already being told it might be too expensive for the NHS.

Seems to me there’s a simple answer to this. We just say that if a drug won’t be available to NHS patients, it won’t be made available privately.

I’m pretty sure the cost would fall then because the drug companies obviously want to be able to sell their product.

There was a young girl on our local news tonight who has to be on a dialysis machine for 10 hours a day. There is a drug which seems it would help, from results abroad, but again she has been told it’s too expensive. Of course if she came from a rich family that wouldn’t be an issue.

That’s not fair, it’s #FinancialDiscrimination.



June 9, 2011


The saga I introduced in my earlier post, No Ageism in the NHS, has actually got worse.

My step-daughter was readmitted to the original hospital by ambulance on Tuesday where she was immediately put on a drip again and isolated. She was prescribed some drugs but was never given them because they said they didn’t have them in stock!!

The next day, in the afternoon she was moved to another hospital’s Assessment Unit, still without having been given the drugs she was prescribed. When we visited she was in a very bad state and it wasn’t until we voiced concerns that they contacted a doctor who wrote another prescription.

We were told that the next day, today – Thursday, there were a series of tests planned to finally find the problem.

Guess what, this afternoon she was told they wouldn’t be doing anything until next week so she might as well go home.

She’s due back in on Monday and I’ll be updating this blog.

No Ageism in the NHS

June 3, 2011
Hospital bed in corridor

Hospital bed in corridor

Following on from my last post, it seems it’s not just the elderly we don’t Care for.

My step-daughter (aged 30) had to go into hospital a couple of weeks ago with what was found to be the Novovirus. She was in for a couple of days then discharged and told to rest.

On Monday just gone she became ill again and on Tuesday was admitted to a different hospital where she was put on a drip but left in a corridor for about 5 hours while they waited for a bed to become available. It wasn’t quite as bad as the picture above but this really shouldn’t be happening.

When I visited her that evening it looked like she would be in for at least a week with a recovery period after that. She even cancelled an upcoming holiday on that basis. As I was leaving I saw posters along the corridors about how well patients are treated etc and how patients, staff and visitors are treated with respect and dignity – you know the sort of stuff.

There was also one that said “We want you to choose this hospital” which I thought was a bit strange because when you get sent to a hospital you’re not really likely to be picky. The ironic thing was, the next day they asked her why she was at this hospital and not at the same one as before – she’d been so ill the ambulance took her there!

They then said she was being discharged as she hadn’t actually been sick again (probably because of the anti-sickness tablets) and they needed the bed. In fact she was immediately turfed out of the bed and made to wait in a communal room for her husband to pick her up – is that a good idea when you have a transmittable illness?

So no ageism here – you’ll be treated badly whatever your age.

Doctor in the House? You’ll be lucky!

August 29, 2010

Doctor in the House

Recently, Mrs Aaaaargh was taken ill, very ill in fact. It started suddenly about 3pm on Tuesday and she was violently sick with diarrhoea. Like most of us she took herself off to bed but finally contacted me at work about 6.30.

When I got in I called the doctors surgery to get an out of hours doctor to see her…. but no, it’s not like that now. I got put through to someone who was obviously asking questions, entering the answers and following screen prompts. The outcome was that we didn’t need a doctor but to get some Dioralyte from the 24 hour Tesco and sip on that and ice lollies to replace the lost fluids.

I explained she couldn’t keep these down but was told if it continued for 5 days (yes, 5 days) she should contact her GP. I’m no medical expert but that sounded a long while but you have to assume these people know what they are talking about.

The next day, after not being able to take on any fluids we contacted the GP surgery. I went down and picked up a prescription for a tablet to stop the sickness, trouble was this wouldn’t stay in her system. That night (over 24 hours now) she called for an ambulance. They wouldn’t send one out but got a nurse to call us back and she did eventually agree to send one out. The paramedics checked her blood pressure and temperature, said A & E wasn’t what she needed and called the local Emergency Health Centre. They wouldn’t send a doctor out so an appointment was made for 4.45am (half an hour’s time) and I had to take Mrs Aaaaargh in the cold and rain.

She was eventually seen just after 5am having waited 20 minutes, feeling like crap and soaking wet. The doctor injected her to stop the sickness and told us to contact the GP next day if she wasn’t any better.

She wasn’t so I went to the surgery in the morning (couldn’t get through on the phone) but again the doctor wouldn’t come out so an appointment was made for 10.20am. We got there on time but didn’t get to see the doctor until 10.45 when he referred her to hospital.

I had to drive her there of course and she was immediately put on a drip due to the massive loss of fluid.

If a doctor had come out when we first called, not only would Mrs Aaaaargh have been treated quicker (it eventually took more than 48 hours) and suffered less but the NHS would have saved the cost of an additional doctors appointment, a paramedic team visit, the Emergency Health Centre time and probably some hospital time as they would have caught the problem earlier.

I also need to add that at all stages we mentioned that our grandson had been diagnosed with Campylobacter virus a week or so earlier (we were told at the time that it was not catching) and that we had been looking after him over the weekend. When Mrs Aaaaargh was in hospital, as soon as the tests showed she had caught it, she was isolated – so much for it not being infectious.

We don’t have any comaplaints about the hospital, it would just have made more sense to have been there earlier.

But there’s progress for you. You had more chance of getting a doctor to visit in the old days on his horse and cart than you do now.