The past week has been intense. B’s mum had a scare which in turn scared all of us (none more so than B’s dad) and brought home the reality of aging parents.
I was particularly frustrated by the lack of communication from the medical staff. We are no longer in the days of ‘do whatever without talking to the patient’ and we are firmly at a point where the patients are supposed to be kept fully informed and consulted about their care. It was certainly eye-opening to see the [very poor] level of doctor-patient interaction.
I have worked within the healthcare system both in the UK and Ireland and I am very sure this is not how a patient’s care is supposed to be managed.
We all understand that doctors have difficult jobs and work long shifts but the quality of patient care must be consistently high and that includes communicating with the patient and their family.
Perhaps that memo hasn’t reached here yet.