If you have been reading here for a while you will know I have a long and complicated history of medical issues and have had 5 surgeries so far.
Going into all of them in-depth right now would make for a very long post but with the recent and upcoming changes to government and polices that will I have no doubt take place that will once again effect the NHS and the service that is given but its got me thinking.
Is bad service in the NHS only because of cuts?
I have to say I personally don’t think it is.
My second child was born back in 2011 by elective section following a previous emergency section birth and complications through pregnancy.
The surgical procedure to have my son was honestly one of the best I’d had. The staff was amazing, the theatre was amazing and then was taken to the ward.
From there on in my perfect or as perfect as can be birth disappeared out the window. All but one midwife during my stay seemed to listen and it had a knock on effect to my mental health.
Fast forward to 6 weeks after and my first trip to my GP who fobbed off my pains on the left side of my section wound.
As she did for the following 5 appointment over a 7 month duration.
By this time I was unable to lie flat as my tummy pulled at my section wound and it was agony, nothing like the initial pulling sensation it started with.
She refused once more to refer me to see someone in the hospital.
I changed GP surgery the following week, a week after that I had my first appointment which I cancelled and chicken out of .. As I did with the following 2 appointments. After finally attending an appointment I was sent to see a specialist in hospital and only 10 days after he explained that I had some quite acute adhesions to my section scar that had probably stuck my bowel and bladder to it.
A scan and further appointment confirmed it and I was then put on the waiting list. Less than 4 months after changing surgeries I had my operation and I am so glad I did the relief of being able to stretch was amazing and it healed really quickly and really well.
Because of one GP’s opinion and her inability to accept what I was saying it caused me years of agony that effected every single part of my life and as much as it sounds dramatic what should have been an amazingly happy time for me with Joshua it was also a really sad one in terms of my mental state and physical ability.
Having lived through the trauma of ongoing pain elongated by my family GP who refused to refer me to a specialist its easy to see why people make medical negligence claims. During the time I was left undiagnosed I was unable to function as a proper parent and it put masses of strain on us all.
Thankfully my further surgeries and dealings with the NHS has left me totally thrilled and my last surgery was honestly the most life changing of them all. However what still sticks in my mind is the Consultant himself. He took the time to visit me everyday on the ward and even followed up with a call once home.
With that in mind I have to say that the NHS for me is not bad because of cuts. It fails when the staff unable to take the time to care.
So for me the NHS has given me back my life, all be it a different one that I thought I would have but never the less one that means I can parent my boys the best way I can.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post