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  • #61
    Sorry if I mix places up a bit. It has been interesting checking where these hospitals are. I have seen segments from about 20 different hospitals across the country.

    The motorcycle belongs to a co-worker. I just needed a picture to use here. hope she doesn't mind.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by mikewhitney View Post

      Sorry to hear you got so close to death. Thanks for the tidbit of information about K&C. However, that is not the only hospital that was really quiet. Ashford and St. Peters also have been quiet.
      St Peters (Broadstairs?) is tiny, like our Queen Victoria Hospital here..... it mainly looks after out patients.

      Ashford, Kent (not Ashord Middx) is huge. William Harvey Ashford takes the Covid cases.
      I need to tell you that all non urgent surgeries and procedures have been cancelled in the South East (possibly everywhere) because of the surge in Covid cases. But to look at patient reception at Ashford won't tell you anything because the few non-urgent patients attending, these are only allowed to attend in the 15 minutes before their appointments..... there are no queues to get in. Reception is quiet and controlled.

      I had an appointment to see the kidney specialist after a series of blood tests for him to evaluate his work upon me. That was cancelled and I am receiving a Doctor/Patient phone call at 1030 hrs on the 28th inst instead. Many appointments are now telephone or Zoom appointments. The system is stretched.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by eider View Post

        St Peters (Broadstairs?) is tiny, like our Queen Victoria Hospital here..... it mainly looks after out patients.

        Ashford, Kent (not Ashord Middx) is huge. William Harvey Ashford takes the Covid cases.
        I need to tell you that all non urgent surgeries and procedures have been cancelled in the South East (possibly everywhere) because of the surge in Covid cases. But to look at patient reception at Ashford won't tell you anything because the few non-urgent patients attending, these are only allowed to attend in the 15 minutes before their appointments..... there are no queues to get in. Reception is quiet and controlled.

        I had an appointment to see the kidney specialist after a series of blood tests for him to evaluate his work upon me. That was cancelled and I am receiving a Doctor/Patient phone call at 1030 hrs on the 28th inst instead. Many appointments are now telephone or Zoom appointments. The system is stretched.
        Isn't the use of remote video conferencing used to reduce physical interaction? It isn't really to ease the workload. The video with over 30 empty hospitals does not do a good job of showing overloading of the medical system. I am not quick at finding reasons for these people to show these unless the activity at hospitals is truly less than what would happen if lots of sick people were overworking the system. In a busy hospital, even at night, there are specialists that go from ward to ward to give patients necessary treatments. There are code alerts when people need to be resuscitated -- and hopefully most patients are resuscitated if their heart stops. It certainly is possible that some of the hospitals in the video were done at less busy moments, but certainly 30 people could not be arriving at the moment the hospitals are quiet.
        Last edited by mikewhitney; 01-28-2021, 04:38 AM.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by mikewhitney View Post

          Isn't the use of remote video conferencing used to reduce physical interaction? It isn't really to ease the workload. The video with over 30 empty hospitals does not do a good job of showing overloading of the medical system. I am not quick at finding reasons for these people to show these unless the activity at hospitals is truly less than what would happen if lots of sick people were overworking the system. In a busy hospital, even at night, there are specialists that go from ward to ward to give patients necessary treatments. There are code alerts when people need to be resuscitated -- and hopefully most patients are resuscitated if their heart stops. It certainly is possible that some of the hospitals in the video were done at less busy moments, but certainly 30 people could not be arriving at the moment the hospitals are quiet.
          I had a problem yesterday and called my surgery at 0800hrs. There were already 18 patients holding to speak to reception but by pressing 0 on my keypad my phone ended the call and I was auto recalled (20 minutes) when I was number 1 in the queue. I spoke with reception and at 0900 my doctor called me. We spoke and he gave me instructions. I called reception again, dialled 0, was called back and I asked for a blood test form to be prepared for me. I then called Queen Victoria Hospital and arranged for a blood test (cancelled by a patient) this morning at 0730 am. The Kent/Canterbury Hospital phoned me and asked if I could fill a cancelled appointment for a Scan at 0940 this morning. I got back to my car to receive a phone appointment from the Surgeon at 1030 hrs.

          They're getting back to me.

          At 1000 hrs this morning the corridors of Kent and Canterbury Hospital were so quiet. As quiet as that photo of Medway Hospital. They are really clicked in to social distancing and patient through-put.

          But that Surgeon can communicate with scores of patients in a morning who would all have had to travel. We've reduced travel. I'm so impressed with how the NHS is handling emergencies in a situation where its Covid Hospitals are under so much pressure.

          Until after March all unnecessary travel is banned here and that includes holiday travel. You can only get on an aircraft now if the journey is classed as necessary (I haven't seen the list)

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          How are things where you are? Whatever your situation it cannot be worse than here imo. The BBC tells us that we have the worst death rates in the World, although I don't know how they're measuring that.

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