23 Dec

Christmas in the Medical Profession

doctor wearing Santa hat in a hall of a hospital

Doctors and Nurses are needed more than ever at Christmas. Not only is this the busiest time of year for hospitals, other medical sectors such as care and nursing homes are also in high demand as staff are needed 24/7 to ensure specialist care is available whenever necessary.

Nurses and Doctors work relentlessly over the Christmas period to ensure that people in need at this time of year receive the support they need. Medical staff are essential in this situation; not only do they provide the specialist medical support when needed, they also provide indispensible emotional support that many people are other without at this time of year.

Nurses provide essential care to the elderly and the unwell at Christmas. They are the ones who create a positive and supported environment and ensure that those under their care have the opportunity to enjoy Christmas in a comfortable environment with people around them.

It is an unfortunate fact that many elderly people in care homes and hospitals will not receive one visitor over the Christmas period, and many spend their Christmas day in care. It is the vital role of nurses within these settings to ensure that these people are cared for.

Throughout the UK, the medical world desperately needs more skilled nurses. This extremely rewarding profession is essential for all the people in need this Christmas and throughout the year to provide the vital medical and emotional support to those in need.

10 Dec

The future of Medical Technology

Ergonomische Sitzposition für Chirurgen mit Invertertube® The Invertertube® enables an ergonomically correct seated position for surgeons

Technology has engulfed almost every aspect of our social and professional lives and this has become all the more apparent when it comes to our interaction with it. We can now access almost any service from a simple click and download on our smart phones. Technology in the Medical World has been much more slow moving than in other spheres, due to the intricate data necessary when dealing with patients, but also the ever evident issues with budget cuts and shortages for the NHS. Keeping pace with technology the medical world can see these time consuming chores shortened, freeing up time for vital practical medical work meaning more hours for care and more patients admitted.

All areas of the medical have recently been gaining more speed, with applications for interaction between patient and practitioners as well as advancements in diagnosis and cure. For example, numbers of applications providing medical advice and assistance, such as those dealing with mental health have begun to appear in app stores, 3D printers can now design organs for organ transplants and more surgeries are becoming digitalised with remote consultations are being tried and tested.

A recent article in BBC News drew attention to a technology test run at the Royal Free Hospital in London, which sees the hospital partnering with Google’s Artificial Intelligence arm, DeepMind. This would allow Doctors and Nurses a paper free administration system, which would save a huge amount of precious medical time. As stated by the BBC, the medical professionals would receive ‘breaking news’ style alerts to notify them of any irregularities in patient data, such as blood type, that would be flagged up in the administration process. A far too large percentage of a Doctor’s time is spent on administration, and this is set to solve the problem of too much paperwork in hospitals. Whilst replacing paper administration with technology has already been implemented across a multitude of other businesses as a time solving solution, in the medical world the risk of data breaches and an insufficient budget has slowed them down. Technological advancements will be greatly beneficial to both patient and practitioner in the medical world and as more developments are created, we are likely to see more positive changes happening in the medical world.

10 Dec

The NHS is in urgent need of qualified nurses

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Nurses are integral to the NHS, their skills and expertise are vital to saving lives. However, NHS officials are coming under fire for ‘diluting’ medical staff and nursing teams with unqualified support staff.

As these support staff are not qualified medical professionals, they cannot provide the same level of care or competency as trained nurses. Hospitals in England now have the lowest amount of qualified nurses on the ward, and in some places care assistants actually outnumber nurses.

This shows the urgent need for qualified nurses in the UK, which means an increasingly high demand for those finishing their studies or coming back from time abroad. The NHS are said to be bringing in a new training plan for nurses next month under the job title ‘nursing associate’ where unqualified nurses will be able to train on the job. This is being established in an effort to secure more qualified nurses of a higher caliber with valuable skills and experience across hospitals in the UK.

Amongst cuts and budget issues surrounding the NHS at the moment, government officials are being called to think twice about changes and cuts made to NHS staff; they are the backbone to excellent care and improved services across the NHS. Replacing qualified professionals for untrained staff is a risk to patient wellbeing and should be the absolute last resort for the government.