Monday, 26 September 2011

Visiting hours – care for the elderly

Right off the back of my other post on mixed sex wards this seems rather personal, but is something I’ve had a passion for since I started volunteering.

I’ve always thought that visiting hours were to restricting and having been an inpatient (or inmate as I felt) I used to count down the minutes until visiting started again so I could see my family. Which brings me onto my first point,

1)Aslong as those without family are not neglected then I don’t see how this cannot benefits everyone as If a relative is looking after X it gives nurses more time to spend with Y

2)As for disturbing the patient, nurse should be educated on reasonable ways to discourage visitors or ask them to leave if the patient is obviously becoming tired or distressed.

3)Its being said that relatives are untrained which is true and therefore the tasks which they are being asked to do need to be limited, for example I would be happy to do any personnal care for my relatives, including bathing etc however some people wouldn’t and if the relative is not comfortable with what is required they need to be able to communicate this easily and not be forced into doing the task.

4)The type of hospital stay and length is also crucial, when I was in as a day patient my boyfriend was not allowed to remain on the ward with me which I found shocking (wisdom tooth removal) and think is an ideal opportunity for this new policy i,e relatives can keep a hold of clothes etc or in my case mash up the food so I could get out of there. However for a patient in long term it would be unreasonable to expect a relative to help at every meal time.

All in all I think the idea is a step in the right direction with people taking more responsibility for the people the love however the finer details need setting before it is rolled out in order to protect the most important people in the NHS – THE PATIENTS

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Whats in your bag - university

Seen a few of these lately and with all the new people going to uni for the first time (wish it was me) I thought id do one as a science student.


First credit to the bag that holds all this shit - A classic Miss Sixty
Personalised laboratory coat, Angel Perfume, Charlie red body spray, Purse, pink lecture notebook, white laboratory notebook, HTC desire, Hair brush, Pencil case, Calculator, Magazine, Diary, Car Keys

What does everyone else carry round at Uni

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Fuschia Fever

Ive always been a cheapest nail polish in the colour I want will do girl. However bright pink has always been my colour so when I set eyes on this I just had to have it.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Fuschia Fever, glides on better than my Dior red and stay put for days (Excuse the wear, until today I worked in a hospital lab).


On to other news and ive got a job working as a bank PTA for a private ambulance firm whoot whoot

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Something a little bit medical – Its personal statement time again

Single sex hospital wards – yey or ney

This seems to be in the news more and more lately, while being something I strongly oppose. Yes they have their benefits of preserving a person dignity however not only do they cost more and often leave patients with the same conditions on different wards making life difficult for junior doctors the question I always ask is “What about husband and wife trauma injuries.”

Before I meet the one this was something that I didn’t even think about however now he is the only one I think about. If heaven forbid we were both ever to be hospitalised I would want to be with him every step of the way and if that meant some male looking at my privates so be it hell they are only body parts. Also when discussing this with some friends who have had children their husbands/partners were not allowed to stay over nigh after they have given birth something that shocked and saddened me greatly, while leaving me questioning is this also due to male/female split. It’s also something that would make me consider a more risky home birth.

What’s your thoughts opinion on this?

Sunday, 4 September 2011

21st Birthday

Quick upload of some of the best shots from my birthday

Cakes which turned out to be the most popular part of my party



Georgous Boyfriend blowing up all the balloons


Pressent off my parents



The mandatory sash for a northern girl


Attack on the front door