OK chaps, an impromptu post on the Charity Oars blog, but one that I hope will show how we’re moving along in the right direction.
For the past 3 years, almost on a weekly basis I have attended Hinchingbrooke Hospitals anticoagulation clinic. I have my routine (OCD is a pain sometimes) I sit in “my chair”, Jane, Sue, carol, Caroline, Caroline will come and get me (not all at once I hasten to add…!) I then chat about what has gone on in the past week, they prick my thumb, claret comes out (sometimes straight away, which pleases me, or sometimes with some coaxing, which does not please me). They drop the claret onto a reader, and eventually the reader goes “2.1” or “3.8” or sadly “1.4” (I hate anything beginning with a “1”. Well, as I was saying. For the past 3 years the “patients board” has never changed. Old flyers, sun bleached posters, sales leaflets. Today however, as I walked to the door there was a “Thrombosis Day” poster in the window, that pleased me. It gets better…! In place of all of the old leaflets that had been on the “patients board” we now had literature from Lifeblood, we have information on this years Thrombosis Day, we have information about DVT’s and Pulmonary Embolisms, we have information on Lifebloods Buddies program. In short we have information that patients need to see.
Now I know you may be thinking “is that it? Just a noticeboard?” well lets put it this way. It’s the first time in 3 years that there has ever been any information that is directed at the patients and raising awareness. So I’m rather happy…!
Oh, by the way my bloods were “2.8” today so that pleases me…!