So, had to take my Mum to the hospital today because she was suffering some worrying symptoms following a stroke 2 weeks ago.
Over a period of 6 hours she had tests and scans to check for anything serious and in between we waited for the incredibly busy nurses and doctors to find time to see us. We witnessed a couple of people who were obviously suffering serious problems with alcohol, an old lady fall to the floor hitting her head and an older man suffering from Alzheimers requiring one to one care because he kept wanting to go for walks. At every point the nurses and doctors were completely professional, remarkably patient and works incredibly hard. Approximately 80% of the staff were foreign with the majority from the EU and approximately 90% of the people who needed their help were from the UK. It was a similar tale in the hospital where my Mother was initially treated for her stroke.
It’s OK though because Brexit will sort out those pesky helpful people and leave the NHS, well, who knows where it will leave it? For many, that doesn’t matter as long as Johnny Foreigner can’t get in!
Anyway, that’s not the point of this.
The Stroke nurse, while assessing my Mum, said about Stroke rehab “The quicker you get the rehab, the more functions you get back.”
Read that sentence again and consider how important that is to the rest of a person’s life. They have the potential to gain almost all of their functions back given timely intervention.
My Mother is staying with us to recover which is in another area to where she lives and I received a call when I got home to discuss the rehab.
Excellent, bring it on!
The waiting time for rehab is currently 14 weeks in our area. 3.5 months by which time the person I was talking to effectively admitted that much of the benefits of rehab could be lost. And 4-5 weeks for a speech therapist to help with the swallowing function so that she can get off the mushy food that she is allowed to eat now. To get to eating and drinking properly which of course aids recovery and then helps with everything else. But no, 4-5 weeks.
If she goes back to her home town, which is 100 miles away and which now looks likely, she could be looking at 3-4 days to start the rehab. How crazy is that?
One NHS in one country and it’s a complete lottery as to if you get timely rehab or if you are left to stay as you are for eternity.
I love the NHS, I really do, but there are so many areas that have failed completely at this point. From A&E to children’s mental health to stroke rehabilitation, and presumably lots more, this is no longer a first world health system. It is an organisation starved of funds and run by people who do jobs most of us could not handle, and for some under the impression that we don’t even want them in the UK. It’s all so sad…
This is why there is only one article today. Yesterday was a long day…