Tuesday was a truly horrible day at work.
In fact its fair to say that the NHS services in this town were simply unable to cope with the volumes of patients....our Unit saw almost 200 patients in the 14 hours that we were open...70 patients booked in between 0900 and 1000....with 3 Nurse Practitioners at work to deal with the list....with 2 more ENP's staring work at 1200....so 5 ENP's in total because the management didn't think we would be busy...after all...its not like we have ever been open over Christmas before and been swamped with patients...oh...no...wait...we were swamped last year and the year before that....and the year before that....not to mention the year before that.
And of course this year we have had the snow and ice directly resulting in an increase in slips and falls ...and thus in various assorted bony injuries.
So for most of the day there was a 4 to 5 hour wait to see someone.
The "Out of Hours" emergency doctor service had a call back list of over 850 patients for most of the day and a 24 hour call back time.
And at St Vulvas hospital,A&E patients were queuing down the road whilst at one stage,some 17 ambulances were being held,unable to off-load their patients.
In the middle of all of this chaos,I saw a 12 year old boy with Rubella...German measles.
Its an odd thing to see in a first world country where the MMR immunisation is typically prevalent...and so I asked his mother if he had been immunised...
Oh no...she simpered...we don't believe in in vaccinations...they cause problems like autism
Dear Lord...take me now!!
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