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PATIENT OUTCOMES ARE INFLUENCED BY EXPECTATIONS.
UNJUSTIFIED NEGATIVE PRESS NOT ONLY DAMAGES THE NHS, IT CAUSES REAL HARM TO REAL PEOPLE.

 

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NHS in action

Steve Smith

securedownload Yesterday afternoon I was out on my bike and was hit by a car.  The driver of the car happened to be an ex nurse and she very quickly assessed the situation and stopped anyone else from moving me, although I was lying in the middle of the road.  Other people who stopped helped to direct the traffic until the police arrived.  The driver had also called the emergency services.  I had an obvious injury to my left cheek but at that time it was not possible to see if I had been injured elsewhere.  My bike was a wreck!  Within minutes a paramedic arrived and it also started to rain, he tried very hard to shelter me and to assess my injuries at the same time, well done him!  The ambulance arrived and the paramedics continued the assessment before moving me, they decided to immobilise my neck because I had some pain there.  I heard a helicopter arrive as well, perhaps because the traffic was heavy and possible concern about head injuries, I obviously don't know, but the doctor on the helicopter also assessed me. We arrived at the hospital in Worthing and every care possible was given to both me and my family.  I was scanned by all manner of machines etc.  the staff in A&E could not have been better.

securedownload (1)I cannot imagine what this experience would have been like for us all if we were also having to worry about the potential cost.

Please keep up your wonderful campaign for the sake of us, our families and descendants.

Thank you NHS

V

Addendum:
The ambulance crew had tried to stand down the helicopter but I think they were too late.

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