I have recently been discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, after five days, having been admitted as an emergency patient via A&E.
Because I was delirious and not knowing what was happening, my wife tells me the ambulance arrived in less than 15 minutes and I was admitted into A&E, where I was attended to immediately.
Examinations, X-rays and a scan followed, and then I was taken Elm Ward, which I was later told is a monitoring ward.
I have been very fortunate in the fact I have never been admitted into hospital before, but like all of us, I have heard how the hospitals and NHS as a whole are struggling to keep up with demand but never did I realise how short and overworked the medical care staff really are.
Elm Ward has patients with many kinds of problems, including patients with mental health issues, and sometimes these patients, because of their condition, require a lot of attention from the already over-stretched staff. Although the ward was very busy at all times the staff did a fantastic job and were very professional at all times with the care, attention and attitude towards all the patients.
At the end of Day 3 I was moved a couple of cubicles down to recovery, which was operating the in the same way as previously, with staff at a stretch. There are six beds to a cubicle.
Opposite me were two older, but not old, gentlemen? One had been in for five weeks, I don’t know about the other one, and it was here I was to experience more of what our medical staff have to put up with.
I was in this part of the ward for nearly two days and not once did I hear a “please” or a “thank you” from either of them. All I heard were demands, but what really made me angry and ashamed were the nasty almost racist comments they made to each other about the staff. I, like everyone, have an opinion on immigration and yes, there are areas that need looking at – but these wonderful members of our medical staff, who leave their homes and their families and travel here from all over the world to look after us, well, it beggars belief the way some people behave.
They need to try to activate their Neanderthal brain cells before their mouths, because without these doctors and nurses our care service would be virtually non-existent
We now have a new Prime Minister; we have good MPs here in Norfolk.
Write to them, lobby them, tell them we don’t need High Speed Railways, tell them to put the billions into new hospitals, to inject more funding into our present ones, recruit more care staff and recognise and look after all of the existing staff who are doing such a magnificent, professional job despite the many problems in our NHS.
Thank you to everyone who works at the QE,every single one of you is a star
Robert ‘Bob’ Winton