Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Survival guide all NHS patients must read: A leading doctor’s insider tips on getting the treatment you need – By Dr Phil Hammond For The Daily Mail

When I first walked on to an NHS ward, in 1984, patients were often discouraged from taking an active part in their own care. Some weren’t even told if they had a serious diagnosis, such as cancer or dementia. We assumed that you weren’t able to contribute, didn’t want to know, or that telling you might make you more anxious and unable to cope. And doctors didn’t waste emotion or energy on those difficult conversations about death and disability. But not knowing your diagnosis meant you couldn’t possibly participate in crucial decisions about your care, involve your loved ones or plan properly for the future. So patients had to fend for themselves.

Thankfully, times have changed. Evidence now suggests that the more involved you are – and are allowed to be – as a patient, the more likely you are to get the right care for you. Humans often take the path of least resistance and, when you’re ill, it’s usually easiest to lie back and let the professionals get on with it. But if you have a long-term illness, there comes a time when you need to get more involved and speak up, so your care can be built around your needs and priorities.

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Carrying a printed copy of your medical records with all the key information can make a huge difference

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Important – Please Fill in Survey – I Need Your Help – Joanna Slater “Strength in Numbers”

Dear Friends,   Please fill in Survey  Personal details not necessary

As some of you may well know I have been working on a project with my friend Brad Meyer to help you all with your health issues.

“Having felt overwhelmed by our lack of understanding and certainty about the health care given to some of our loved ones”, we have come up with an idea on how technology can help us regain some sense of control when managing health issues.

You can help us make sure we are on the right track by filling in this survey,  Here is the link  In return, we will keep you updated on our efforts if you wish.

Thank you all for your help and support. Together lets make 2015 a year that will be a major leap into organising all our health care issues. Lets make it happen “Strength in Numbers”

Kind Regards Joanna Slater and Brad Meyer



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Hospital apologises to 38 families for appalling care that saw a patient starve to death

An NHS hospital has apologised to 38 families after a patient starved to death and it left other dying people screaming in pain.

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks.

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UP to 900 patients with suspected cancer may not have had urgent tests or treatment because of an administrative blunder at Britain’s largest hospital trust.

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‘Nowhere to turn’ for patients as cuts hit the community

Published: 14 May 2012

Government plans to move care from acute hospitals to community settings have been branded a “façade” by the Royal College of Nursing , as a survey of community nurses has shown that many are facing cutbacks and spending less time with patients.

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My friend emailed me the below as she was so angry about a phone call her husband received from the NHS hospital he is going to have an operation in. Please read below

Hi Jo

Terry is having an operation on the 8th May 2012 and is staying in hospital overnight. He has to have another operation on the 22nd May 2012 at the same hospital. 

 He got a phone call yesterday (30th April) from the hospital that will be doing his operation, asking that in between the two operations can he come back to the hospital for a MRSA test to see if he had contracted MRSA from his first visit, and if he has contracted MRSA he cannot be readmitted back into the hospital for his second operation. 

I couldn’t believe my ears, they are going to waste time and money doing this, when they surely should be putting the money and time into making sure the hospital is clean, and doesn’t infect their patients with MRSA!

Please put this on your blog.



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This maybe a way to get your stories published for the media to read.Talk to The Press – Government NHS reforms.

Dear all, This maybe a way to get your stories published for the media to read.
Talk to The Press – Government NHS reforms.
A daily would like to speak to patients/families of patients who are suffering as a result of the Government’s NHS reforms.
It may be they have been denied a certain drug or treatment, lost the services of a specialist nurse or carer, had a particularly long wait for treatment or been misdiagnosed. Perhaps their benefits have been cut or they are struggling financially due to the cost of travelling to appointments, hospital car park charges etc.
Email if you can help.

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Maimed by the NHS: Catalogue of errors revealed as patients are KILLED by drugs meant for others

Daily Mail 30th March 2012 – Officials logged 760 ‘serious untoward incidents’ last year in the NHS

More than 4,000 needed further treatment after doctors gave them accidental injury

£310,000 paid out to people who found out that surgeons operated on the wrong part of their body

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