No posts over the weekend because for the last 48 hours I have been at the bedside of a family member who had to be taken to hospital in a hurry. They are making a good recovery, though not yet complete and so its been a tiring time for all concerned. In amongst this however, my awe at the dedication and commitment of NHS staff continues to grow. For a whole number of reasons I and my family have had to make extensive use of the NHS and I am continually impressed by their care and professionalism but this last 48 hours I my admiration has grown immeasurably.
Be it Nurses, doctors, cleaners, ward assistants, whatever their job, they remain calm under great pressure, nothing is too much trouble and the patient is their primary focus. I write not through rose tinted specs. This is my serious reflection from being with these folk nonstop for 48 hours. They are outstanding. I cannot praise them enough. Anyone who says the NHS isn't working is on a very different planet to my experience, reinforced in these last few days, that we still get some of best care in the world, free at the point of delivery and I remain seriously grateful for that being the case.
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