Jewel in our Crown!

The NHS is our Jewel

There is absolutely no doubt, in my mind, that the NHS is the Jewel in our Crown!

Turbulent times in the NHS

My experience, and that of many friends, has been that the Paramedics have been fantastic and so good with the patient. The doctors and nurses in the hospitals very attentive in their care. The problem most have experienced is bad management.  Communication between different sectors can, at times, be non existent.

Why is this? It would appear that  non-medical management have much to answer for.

The other day I was speaking to a qualified recently retired Sister. She trained at  St Thomas’ London then moved to another city for many years.  She is sad that discipline on the wards has gone and that supervision, by qualified staff, is going out of fashion. Of course the days of Hattie Jacques in the Carry on Doctor Films are long gone! BUT a strict senior medically trained person who has the respect of their juniors makes for a smoothly run ward, in her opinion. Pride appears to have been sapped out of this amazing profession. Her last comment was  “Common Sense no longer exists”.

Today’s news that further funding is to be granted to the NHS is great! My hope is that people who understand the medical needs of the population are given the responsibility to determine the best use of these funds.

A friend who is in a bad way and has had to have carers in, at great cost, because she is virtually bedridden.   Unfortunately the carers had no understanding of her condition. They admitted they had only had the three days of mandatory training. One spent six hours with her and never spoke to her or even offered a cup of tea. He only gave her the lunch prepared by her husband, aged 86.

These are the same waters as above but running smoothly!

Now she is in a Nursing Home where the cost is not significantly more for 24 hour care. Guess what? They have a Matron who runs this Home with a rod of iron.  Patients and staff understand the rules.  I was so impressed and delighted that such a modern place like this exists. The most important fact is that my friend is getting the care and respect she deserves after having worked so hard all her life. She is as happy as can be.

Please let common sense prevail. Spend wisely.

Happy Seventeenth Birthday!




“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 



No Ageism here! This Centenarian talks to an enthusiastic young group on the publication of his last book!

Until yesterday I would not have said Ageism was a problem. But today is a different story. A few weeks ago a dear friend aged 81 fell and broke a leg, crushed her shoulder etc. She was whisked into Salisbury hospital where she was treated brilliantly by Paramedics, Doctors and fully qualified nurses. I have defended the NHS for years and never heard a personal complaint (More on that next week!)

Enjoying a day at the Races, one well over 90!

However, as she is healing but still needs medical attention she has been moved to another ward where the attitude towards the elderly has changed significantly. It is as if she was not wanted. Despite major discomfort she has been ignored.  This to me is Ageism.  Now this is a lady who, until she fell, was totally independent and still helping with taking grandchildren to school and driving all over the place. But now she is all of a sudden useless and the hospital is making sure she knows it! It is the attitude which is upsetting her so.  It is as if they want her to be old, lonely depressed and grumpy! Is this really what the younger generations expect will happen to them?

You tell them I am enjoying life!
We are more than content doing what we do!

On a recent trip to Cyprus I did a broadcast on a local radio. Over there they were thrilled to have this old codger relating stories etc. I loved every moment and would love to start broadcasting over here!! Ha Ha!  That is not to be. I am old and have not done it before. Sorry old thing there is not a chance!

I just love life. Although a widow I refuse to be lonely. My determination to explore and ENJOY is as great today as it was 70 years ago!  I remember one dear old gentleman I knew as a child. He taught me so much and I respected him until the day he died. He had escaped from a Russian Firing Squad in 1918.

So much respect for this man!

That was an amazing story. So dignified. Another Octogenarian gentleman I admired for his handwriting. I couldn’t see enough of him to help me perfect mine. He had learnt to play the piano at 75!   My own parents lived long lives to the full with my father publishing his last book on his 100th Birthday.

Mother enjoying her last few years!

Having always been a firm believer in positive thinking from age zero upwards I fear we are heading for negative brain washing. Please let us all enjoy every age and learn from all. We cannot allow this mentality of wanting to crush any age group. Life has its ups and downs but  everyone can contribute be they old or young. That is surely the sensible way to go!


It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez