Bed Business

Disclaimer: I am not a representative of the bed management in the NHS and therefore all opinion are solely my own. This is not to instruct or guide patient management in the NHS but merely a collection of anecdotes I have to illustrate the current situation.

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Transcending the role

A week ago I met with a patient who was staying in hospital for a few days after having had bowel surgery. He was upbeat. Telling me about plans for when he would go home. Telling me about various events in his life. I took a history. In medicine, ‘taking a history’ basically means finding out as much as you can about a patient, as efficiently as you can, so that you can plan their treatment and hospital stay optimally. It requires practice and there is a technique so I thought I’d get some practice in. I was feeling quite happy by the end of the chat. The patient was jovial and I had done my duty. I got up to leave, smiled briefly and he went back to reading his newspaper. I went home that night, narrated my experience to my family and thought nothing more of it.  Continue reading

Reflection on Term 1 of Medical School

I started medical school about 5 months ago with a lot of excitement and moderate levels of apprehension. Whilst some myths were debunked (No, I don’t have to actually use a needle on a patient until a long while later!) some held true…(Yes, PBL and tutorials are basically fun chats while eating snacks and discussing hypothetical patients). Believe it or not, I actually know how a stethoscope works now, I can kind of communicate with you about your pain and I actually know more science than I thought I did. Continue reading

Happy New year…

2016

My goodness. We’re tipping into the third week of 2016 already. *insert about a billion cliche lines in here about how 2015 was a great year blah blah blah and how 2016 will bring health and prosperity our way…*

Actually 2016 started in a poor way. At least for the NHS and for me personally too. First let’s talk a little about the the public health service in England. And then I’ll talk a little bit about myself, maybe. Continue reading