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2:40pm Thursday 28th February 2013
To the shock and surprise of many, the West Herts Hospitals Trust recently announced plans to start charging disabled drivers to park at their hospitals. I proposed a motion at St Albans District Council, on February 26, to put pressure on the Trust to reverse their decision.
12:59pm Friday 28th October 2011
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9:00am Friday 10th December 2010
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2:59pm Saturday 13th November 2010
9:00am Friday 12th November 2010
The League of Friends tea bar over in Outpatients is often my source of egg mayo sarnies, sausage rolls and a good cup of tea whilst at work. One can never have too many cups of tea in my opinion. The volunteers who run this tea bar are marvellous and always friendly. The other day it struck me how supportive our hospital volunteers really are, and how much the Trust appreciates their help and services.
2:07pm Friday 5th November 2010
Have you got one? Do you still need it? We need your help to return walking aids, like crutches, that are currently scattered around west Hertfordshire, maybe being used as a goal post rather than a walking aid
10:24am Friday 10th September 2010
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3:47pm Friday 12th March 2010
I’ve just had a couple of weeks off work trying to catch up on the jobs I’ve been putting off for a while – not an unfamiliar story in our house. One of those jobs was to re-roof my shed. We all know that a shed is a great place for men to hide and mine is no exception. I have been putting off the dreaded moment; patching up where I can, putting buckets where I can’t. So I book the last two weeks off in February. What happens? It snows, it rains and it’s freezing. I manage to empty the shed of all those ‘you never know when you might want one of those’ items and the old bits of wood, half full tins of paint, the old fridge that was going to contain the sly bottle of beer, about a dozen huge spiders and off-cuts of carpet that must have been in my house one day but I don’t recall when. I put them all in a heap in the garden (and under a tarpaulin of course because it’s still raining). Now I have a shed with a leaky roof and an eyesore in the garden – I’ve made things worse.
12:10pm Saturday 26th December 2009
10:56am Tuesday 22nd December 2009
9:59am Monday 7th December 2009
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4:20pm Friday 13th November 2009
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3:35pm Friday 23rd October 2009
3:28pm Thursday 15th October 2009
We left it last time with Olive keeping the news of her hospital visit a secret from the family. Only George, her husband, and family friend Uncle Bert knew the visit was pending. On Sunday morning the immediate family gathered at Olive’s house, as they do every Sunday, for a cup of tea and a chat and, if they’re lucky, or not on a diet, a bit of cake. This ritual has proved useful to Olive over recent years, because she now ensures that all the jobs that involve lifting, climbing or are generally messy, she leaves until her sons, Andrew and Brian arrive. This week it’s taking down the remains of the runner beans that have finished for the season and cleaning out the pump in the fishpond.
11:36am Saturday 10th October 2009
5:54pm Friday 9th October 2009
This is the first of a series of blogs examining the Health trials and tribulations of a mythical family of mine. Join them over the coming weeks as we laugh, cry and just sit back in amazement at what they go through and how the NHS copes with them.
10:40am Friday 2nd October 2009
8:00am Friday 2nd October 2009
I heard a noise in my house at 3am, a noise I attributed to the dog. But I lay awake thinking of all the things it could be. Sometimes it's better to confront things than leave them until it's too late.
9:14am Friday 25th September 2009
8:00am Friday 25th September 2009
People do not turn up for their hospital appointment, particularly in outpatients. This means other patients are not given an appointment on that day, which they may desperately need. Is this right? Is it a reflection on society? Should we charge them for not attending?
9:39am Tuesday 22nd September 2009
9:17am Thursday 17th September 2009
And the nominations are: West Herts for Hospital of the Year; West Herts for Leadership Academy; West Herts for Improving Patient Experience. The only Trust in the country to be nominated for three national awards
9:49am Sunday 13th September 2009
I came across a powerful blog article from the director of the film "The Age of Stupid". It includes this stirring quote: "The people who came before us didn't know about climate change and the ones who come after will be powerless to stop it. So it's down to us."
8:30am Friday 11th September 2009
11:08am Friday 4th September 2009
People smoke, yet we know it's bad for us. Should a hospital take action to stop it anywhere on its site or should it acknowledge it's legal and therefore allow it - particulaery in times of joy or sadness.
11:13am Tuesday 1st September 2009
9:00am Friday 28th August 2009
5:30pm Saturday 15th August 2009
Do you ever wake up at 3am, for no apparent reason? Well I did last night and I lay there desperately saying to myself – don’t think about work, don’t think about work…and of course I did. After much wrangling over the things I had forgotten to do and a mental peep into the ‘really difficult’ pile, I decided there were two main things in my life – Family & Health (when I first wrote that sentence I put health before family, but I decided they come first).
5:33pm Thursday 6th August 2009
Hi, I’m back – did you miss me? ‘course you did. No I didn’t have swine flu, but if you read or watch the national media that’s just about all they talk about. It was predicted that west Herts would have about 40,000 cases, 400 of which will need hospitalisation and 100 of those will need intensive care. This hasn’t happened so far - although we are prepared if it does. We have had about 29 cases and when I last checked, only 2 people needed to come into hospital. Of course this is the summer (if a little wet so far!) and things may change in the autumn, but for now the levels are low and the symptoms generally mild.
1:14pm Friday 24th July 2009
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