The NHS the GWH and Me

Another small post from me again without a photo but hey thats ok.

I just wanted to say something about the NHS and the GWH (Great Western Hospital). I am sat here in my study thinking about what was on the news this morning all about how there is not enough front line staff (ie nurses) and that it is causing massive problems. Well I guess it must be true as they would not put it on the news, would they!!!!! but I would just like to say it wasnt my experience.

Firstly forget the fact that I was 6 months late in having my operation as that was an administrative problem of which I have still yet to get to the bottom of. Last thursday I went into the Great Western Hospital in Swindon to have my Gallbladder removed. I couldnt have got better service if I had have gone private. Right from the moment I walked in to the moment I left I found that what ever I needed was provided, there were the right amount of nurses, Dr’s,Consultants, anesthetist, cleaners, porters, and so on. I cannot fault the staff at all. I cant say it was a pleasant experience as I felt quite ill for a while after but it was a pleasant experience if you know what I mean. It wsnt exactly a one to one ratio but all I ever had to do was raise a hand or groan and there was somebody there to attend to my needs. And everything was done with a good heart, I only saw one grumpy nurse who refused to smile, all others were happy and friendly and seemed to enjoy their job. Now I have been on enough protests (photographing) to know that they are treated badly, poorly paid and so on but certainly my experience of last week was they did not let it affect their work.
However I do understand all the underlying issues that the NHS faces and that is for another time, I just wanted to say that I had a good experience with the NHS and the GWH. And if there are any Dr’s, nurses etc reading this, a big thank you from me.

Swindon Hospital Carillion GMB Workers Meeting and Update

On the evening of 18th November the GMB sponsored a packed out, evening meeting for all of the Swindon Great Western Hospital Carillion workers who are presently in a dispute with the Carillion Management. It was to update the workers of the status and to show and confirm the support of the GMB and the Labour Party of the workers dispute. A number of speakers took part including local Labour Councillor Derique Montaut and the National Equalities Officer for the GMB Kamaljeet Jandu who came down from London especially for the meeting.
It was also supported by other local Labour Councillors Nadine Watts and Junab Ali.
Some of the workers along with some GMB officials are going to be going to London to have discussions at the Houses of Commons on Tuesday 20th Nov.