It’s not uncommon for people to be frightened of or even refuse to have an MRI scan. Up until today all I knew was that an MRI scan generates images using a magnetic field (from GCSE Physics) and that the machine looks like a tunnel which you are moved through (from photographs). This morning however, I woke up and went to the hospital to have an MRI scan taken for myself. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on this experience seeing as I have been on the other side of this situation when I was involved in trying to encourage a child to go for a CT scan during my volunteering on a Children’s Ward.
Hello to anyone still there. I know I’ve been pretty AWOL on this blog recently and the main reasons are the exams, followed by a holiday to Turkey and then the anxiety leading up to results day. But now that all of that is over with I figured I should jump back on the wagon known as blogging.
Today, I’d like to share a recent personal experience. Each doctor involved in this story could have made the difference but there were mistakes and shortfallings at each stage with every doctor that was encountered. I’m not writing this to criticise these doctors, because I’m sure they are brilliant healthcare professionals…but I’m writing it to look at the overall situation from the patient’s perspective. In this case my mum was the patient, I was quite shocked at the way her problems were handled. There were a few key qualities that were missing which led to a compromise in the care of the patient, mainly the lack of effective communication and teamwork. Continue reading
Every week, my brother receives a visit from a play therapist. Considering that I had finished college and was at home this week, I decided to sit in on the session and observe the role of the play therapist as part of the wide range of multidisciplinary care my brother receives. It was interesting for me to be able to notice the difference between the role of play therapists in a hospital setting, as compared with those whose role involves the personalised care of a specific child.
Today I went with my brother to his 6 month check up appointment. It was a children’s ward, so there were toys for him to play with in the waiting room…something which I definitely made sure I got right into! It’s always nice to see a child having fun! He was first called by the nurse who took his height and weight. This made me reflect on the importance of doing this for every child as it allows the doctors to see if their growth is normal and if not could possibly help a diagnosis. It was also an efficiently procedure that his height and weight was taken before he saw the doctor as the doctor could then look over these measurements prior to the consultation. Continue reading
Venue: The Rainbow Centre BGH
I have never written a reflection for the appointments I go to with my brother, so I thought may be I should start now considering that they are very useful in providing an insight into life as working for the NHS. My brother has Down’s Syndrome so he has lots of different appointments for various reasons. It’s interesting though that out of the appointments he has, only a few are with a doctor and the majority are with other healthcare professionals such as Physiotherapists, dietricians and a Play Therapist who he sees once a week. This just shows the importance of other members of the team on providing effective care, especially with the complex needs of children with disabilities.