NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

for OFF DUTY and leisure topics: so chat about whatever you like except issues that should go into areas above this

Moderator: R C C

User avatar
falkor
Navigator
Navigator
Posts: 3184
Joined: Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:48 pm
Class: 'Ranger Varient'
Location: Surrey

NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68148Post falkor
Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:38 pm

ImageDecember 23,2010 Dail Express
Calls to NHS Direct have rocketed by 50% in the past few days, leaving the helpline at "breaking point", it has been claimed.

The call service is under huge pressure as flu infection rates more than doubled in the last week, the Daily Mail reports.

Patients were having to wait two days to speak a nurse with as many as 46,000 people calling the helpline last weekend at a rate of almost 960 an hour, it said.

A senior nurse told the Mail: "This is by far the worst it has ever been. People have not been receiving call-backs for 48 hours - it's appalling."
On Tuesday the Department of Health announced that 302 people were currently in intensive care with flu while 17 people had died. Swine flu is still the most dominant strain of flu this winter, but there are other types, including type B.
But a Department of Health spokeswoman said the health service was coping "very well" with the outbreak of flu.

She said: "We are currently seeing an unusually high number of people in critical care with flu. But the NHS is well-prepared.

"There is always more pressure on the NHS at this time of year and this year is no different. But the NHS is coping very well with only a small percentage of the intensive care capacity being taken up by patients with flu.

"However, as a cautionary approach, local health trusts are looking at how they can increase capacity if necessary.

"Prevention is better than cure - it's very important that people who are at risk have their free seasonal flu vaccination. All pregnant women should have the flu jab - at any stage of pregnancy. If you are eligible contact

User avatar
TheWanderer
Elite Legion
Elite Legion
Posts: 1988
Joined: Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:54 pm
Class: 'Bounty Hunter'
Location: Fighting Crime, Most of the time!
Contact:

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68152Post TheWanderer
Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:23 pm

So despite pretty much everyone knowing someone directly affected by flu, it still isnt taken seriously by the NHS.

Due to the lack of staff at NHS Direct, Casualty Departments are overflowing with 8 Hour waiting times (our local one is anyway!)

User avatar
Daisy
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 533
Joined: Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:12 pm
Location: Wimbledon Common

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68167Post Daisy
Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:29 am

Wish I'd had the flu jab :slsad:

User avatar
HotelEcho1971
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 437
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:29 pm
Sacred: 'Ranger'
Location: In the cafe enjoying a brew

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68215Post HotelEcho1971
Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:01 pm

To be totally honest, I've seen at first hand how stretched the NHS are over this Christmas and New Year period.

My daughter was admitted to paediatric intensive care with resp failure three days before Christmas and is still there today 30/12.
Her care has been second to none with a dedicated nurse for each patient in the ward, yes she's on a ventilator and connected to multiple machines monitoring her vitals and giving meds every minute of the day and night but she has the best chance of pulling through.

The staff have been off sick with illness due to contacting what the patients have but everyone one id dedicated to their allocated patient and they don't stop treating all day everyday, it's a pleasure to watch them work and the HA could learn a lot about people management from them!

We all know about these specialist units within hospitals exist, but we don't really know about them until we need them, and when we do the NHS is there and willing to help anyone brought to them for treatment, that's what makes the whole system so special.
Without these dedicated and specialist nurses and doctors my daughters outcome would be a lot different, I'm so grateful for those people just being there and being ready to help, and wish I could help my daughter more. It's been a long week and still things are moving slowly forward, it could never happen without their support of help.
The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

User avatar
TM1
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 392
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:06 pm
Class: 'Centaur'
Alignment: 'Shadow'
Sacred: 'Dragoon'

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68236Post TM1
Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:29 pm

HE1971, I hope your daughter makes a speedy recovery.
Rest assured the NHS for all its failings, is without doubt the best when it comes to acute care.
I have had first hand knowledge of NHS acute care wards, and a more dedicated workforce you wont find any where on this planet.
Don't walk in front of me I may not follow,
Don't walk behind me I may not lead,
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

User avatar
HotelEcho1971
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 437
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:29 pm
Sacred: 'Ranger'
Location: In the cafe enjoying a brew

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68252Post HotelEcho1971
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:26 pm

Thanks so much TM1, my daughter has made good progress this last week and everything is going in the right direction.

The NHS as you say are second to none and the dedicated teams in the ICUs throughout the land are just wonderful.

Here's hoping they'll not be so needed in 2011...
The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

User avatar
Guinness Man
Navigator
Navigator
Posts: 1428
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:24 pm
Location: To the East of Wales

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68253Post Guinness Man
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:24 am

Good News HE1971, I hope her recovery is complete and 2011 is the best year for you and yours.
People are like tea bags you have to put them in hot water to find out how strong they are.

User avatar
HotelEcho1971
Committee Member
Committee Member
Posts: 437
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:29 pm
Sacred: 'Ranger'
Location: In the cafe enjoying a brew

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68361Post HotelEcho1971
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:28 pm

Thankyou for the kind words, its been a long three weeks but my daughter returned home yesterday!!! YIPEE, so happy
The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

User avatar
Guinness Man
Navigator
Navigator
Posts: 1428
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:24 pm
Location: To the East of Wales

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68373Post Guinness Man
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:40 am

Very Good news hope your year gets better and better. :slhd:
People are like tea bags you have to put them in hot water to find out how strong they are.

User avatar
xHx
Elite Member
Elite Member
Posts: 894
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:17 am
Location: Midlands

Re: NHS HELPLINE 'AT BREAKING POINT'

Post: # 68444Post xHx
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Just found this thread, glad she is ok now!!

I have had my fair share of hours spent in PICU at a little relative's bedside, scary bit is when all the alarms start going off. Not sure if you had it, but i was reminded of the machine 'bleep...bleep...bleep' by every supermarket i went into for some time after.

Anyhoo, enough of my rambling. Glad all is well now hun, and if you want a chat feel free to drop me a PM :-)

xxx
Live a lot, love a few but always paddle your own canoe.

Post Reply Previous topicNext topic