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#1 Frances144

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 05:49 PM

http://www.shetnews....etics-assurance

 

This is not an assurance - it is just placatory nothings to shut patients up, pretending everything is under control and will be alright.

 

One anaethetist has left.
Another on his way before New Year.

 

I am very worried.  Without my spinal epidural analgesia, I doubt I could function on much of a useful level.  This is what is staving off surgery (4th spinal op in the offing).

 

But......

 

NHS Shetland are (allegedly) not/have not advertised these jobs to anyone, let alone a skilled anaethetist who has pain clinic experience.

 

Why not?  I have no idea..

 

What do they think we will do?  Crawl back under our rocks to never move again, preferably give up and not bother anyone anymore.

 

It was not as though the Pain Clinic was under-subscribed.  There was a waiting list for both anaesthetists.

 

Worried?  You bet.

Scared?  Definitely.

(back under my rock I crawl)

 

 

 



#2 wotsit

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:17 PM

Is it down to finances not advertising and or staff leaving posts because not happy ? Doesn’t, sound or look good, agree quite worrying really.

#3 Frances144

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:47 PM

I have no idea what is keeps this ball rolling.

To the best of my knowledge, the Pain Clinic was fully subscribed with a waiting list.

 

For me, and I speak only from my experiences, a bi-annual injection kept me from serious-*sharn* NHS money on spinal operations. 

As they say across the pond - "you do the math".

 

Btw, my last spinal operation cost the NHS, apparently, £65,000. I nearly fainted at that price.

 

And another one looms.........  the injections are keeping me away from the operating theatre.

I am desperate not to do that again.


Edited by Frances144, 18 November 2017 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:59 PM

Your situation sounds dire, what about all the elderly folk who quite often lets face it put and shut up and suffer in silence is this not a group that also suffer further?

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 07:19 PM

Lots of us suffer. Lots of us were using, with, I think, success, the Pain Clinic.

What is our future? I can't see one.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 08:31 PM

I'm still trying t get my head around the fact anaethetists are in charge o 'pain management' services.....the typical perception of both of the duties hardly lend themselves to being seen as sitting side by side naturally, or the training and knowledge for one being of much relevance to the other. But maybe I just hold inaccurate perceptions of what anaethetists and 'pain management' staff do.....Regardless, I guess they know what they're doing, and there's a perfecty good and logical reason why things are done the way they are......hopefully.

 

Reading between the lines it would seem they were hoping to wing it, for a time anyway, by using a succession of locums to fill gaps in staff....How realistic that was/is, who knows, and maybe its a plan put in place as part of the political game, to try and purposely create public outcry to use as leverage to obtain more Govt. funding.....or maybe not. Locums seem still to be the plan for traditional anaethetist services, and its just the 'pain' side of the role thats been flagged up as the problematic one to use locums for - why I have no idea, as I'd have thought any adequately trained person with the assistance of adequate records would be perfectly able to take any pain patient's treatment forward, but I'm probably missing something with that?

 

Having met the tender mercies of NHS Shetland full on, I most definitely am entrenched in the 'suffer on in silence camp' - they created the mess I have to try and live with, and I sure as hell ain't handing a shovel to them to dig my hole any deeper. It seems to be beneficial and in demand from others though, which is fine, good luck to you for not being dealt a black aces and eights hand by the dealer at the NHS, and those folk deserve an explanation and a decent reliable service - neither of which anything anywhere near the Govt. have managed very well in a long time, and not least as its all our taxes that we're not getting back on like we were promised.



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:02 PM

Doctors now want to specialize in a particular field of medicine that appeals to them and as a result the days of finding GPs are diminishing.

 

Hospitals and health centers will have to adopt and recruit those "specialists" and provide a more selective type of consultation  because there will be fewer GPs 

 

The National Health Service has been aware of this for years but seem to think there is a plentiful supply of doctors available from outwith the UK ,all wanting to come and work in the UK ,but I'm not convinced that is the case anymore. 

 

The way our health services are provided is changing,it is going to cost more and more to provide as folk will have to travel greater distances to see someone who can attend to their particular needs. 

 

That is the way it was explained to me by a doctor who is now going on to "further" his career and will no longer be a GP.