Libby’s eye operation on Wednesday really got me thinking about the way things have progressed over the years in the NHS. We got chatting to a nurse at the hospital who was telling us about the way things were when she had an operation years ago. She mentioned that in the old hospital, the hygiene standards were poor, with wooden floors virtually impossible to clean.
We also talked about the role of play specialists in children’s wards and how essential they are. Before people like this were around, I have no idea how children coped with or understood when they had operations. A great example of how play can help children is the books, stickers and cuddly toy Monkey that we used with Libby before her operation. I’m sure that they were at least part of the reason why she was so happy and comfortable with the whole thing.
As the nurse mentioned, people just wouldn’t put up with the standards these days that people used to be subjected to in hospitals in days gone by. This is partly due to a change in our living standards and expectations, but it is also due in part to the opportunity for people to do something about it when standards are poor. The existence of law firms such as Leo Claims who are willing to work on a no win-no fee basis to sort out hospital negligence claims has empowered less well off people to act when they suffer as a result of negligence. This in turn has forced standards to be raised both in terms of the level of care and the level of hygiene.
Whilst the hospital that we went to for Libby’s operation wasn’t particularly modern, the staff were all fabulous. It was spotlessly clean and the procedure was done quickly with absolutely minimal waiting around. It is great to see the way that standards improve all the time, a great example being the care I received in hospital when having Lia in comparison to that I received when having Libby only two years previously.
As you can see, Lia’s eyes are as straight as you could expect with a baby, but I am confident that if she should ever need any operation in the future, the standards would only have improved even further.
N.B. I will be given a small gift for writing this post but the topic, views, opinions, fabulous NHS service and rather ginger looking baby (no idea why she looks so ginger in this photo, she’s all brunette!) are all mine.