|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
Editorial CommentSome categories of staff at this hospital, notably the Wardmaids, have voted not to accept Self-financing lead-in payments, and thereby have not accepted the implications of such payments. As Mr. T.R. Rajput's article, Standard Vol.2 No.ll, makes clear, in the case of those departments which did accept.... "Arrangements are being made to start investigations into the..... departments as early as possible". Since, in the interests of general efficiency, work may be varied from time to time in any job, confusion could arise as to the extent to which such change was the result of Work Study. Nothing but harm could come from a belief that, in spite of a ballot, one's job was being investigated and altered. Clear, and, if necessary, repeated explanation now will more than pay for itself in goodwill.
TWELVE MONTHS AGO.....We published details of the re-organisation of the Nursing Administration and the concept of clinical teams..... The Social Therapy Department began their swimming sessions at Warrington Baths..... Delph Hospital held their first barbecue..... The Infirmary wards organised a Pet Show in aid of the Swimming Pool Fund, which then stood at £236.70..... Miss Coppack asked what had become of the competition to name the wards, which had been announced some weeks previously..... Integration of Nursing Staff began.... in the female wards and in the Nurses' home.
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INFUSION FLUIDSA document just received from the Department of Health gives up-to-date advice on the examination of infusion fluids prior to use, precautions to be taken during use and steps to be taken in the event of any reaction to the infusion. Copies of this leaflet, "Guidelines on Administration of Parenteral Infusion Fluids", are available from the pharmacy.
SOCIAL THERAPYIt's been a very busy week for cricket, with two patients' matches and one staff. On Tuesday, we visited Cranage, resulting in a win for the men. Unfortunately they did not have a Ladies' team, so the Ladies played badminton and watched the final stages of the cricket match, On Wednesday, Redbank Masters played the staff. This was a very exciting match with Redbanks 11th man hitting a four off the last ball of the last over to win by one run. It's been a very good season for the staff team, reaching the final of the L.R.H.B. knock-out and also playing ten friendly matches, during which several promising players have emerged. Thursday, Deva visited us and gave the patients' team their biggest win of the season. Lancaster Moor brought a Ladies' team, but due to the cold and clouded day they decided to watch the film show. Thursday gave us our first patients and staff fishing expedition to Rhyl. Despite catching no fish, and Charge Nurse Casson falling in, it was a great success - so much so that they have decided to form a patients and staff fishing club. Further information will be published in the Standard.
IS THIS REALLY PROGRESS?As a Charge Nurse on a geriatric ward, I am concerned at the path which the hospital is taking. When are we going to be able to give our patients an adequate level of care and attention all the time, and not just when the staffing level is higher than usual? We are told that the most important person is the patient, but it appears that greater priority is now given to staff being engaged in activities off the ward - study days, in-service training periods, etc. - rather than concentrating on giving our patients the best of care. Surely student and pupil nurses should be supernumerary to the regular ward staff? Nurses on geriatric wards should not be moved every few weeks. Old people are confused by the constant change of faces, and those who care for them should be mature individuals who are on the ward regularly. We are told that in the long run the hospital will benefit by having a better-trained staff, but it is difficult to see the benefit to the old men on our ward when a person who is good at the job, likes and is liked by the patients, and is happy on the ward, has to be moved on after a few weeks. Even Charge Nurses and Ward Sisters no longer seem to be allowed to do their job properly. They now have to be 'flexible', which is another way of saying they are expected to "Act-up" for the Unit Officer, "Act-down" for the wardmaid, work in the ward to compensate for shortage of staff, and carry out their own job of managing the ward on top of all this. On Sundays, all four roles are often expected of us at the same time! .... Four jobs tackled and therefore none done properly. After all this upheaval it is planned that the hospital will be so much better, but at the end will the patients really be any better off?
H. T. EVEREST
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PASTURES NEWThis week sees the departure of three of our Deputy Ward Sisters, M. Rynn leaves Female 1. Down to take up a post on night duty at Ashton-under-Lyne General Hospital; Male 5 Up are losing K. Sharp, who has obtained a post as Ward Sister at Sefton General Hospital, where she did her general training; while Joan Stretch is going down South to work in the field of Mental Subnormality. Nurse Rynn will not be known to many of the staff, as she only came to Winwick last January, but in that short time she became liked and respected by her colleagues. Kath. Sharp's name will be familiar to many, as she trained at Winwick before doing her general training, and represented the hospital Sports' team as well as being a member of our Netball Team. Our best wishes go with all of them.
LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
The thermometers read seventy,
|WELCOME TO:||Miss K. Hallsworth (CADET)|
|Mr. C. Ragen - Post Reg. Student|
|FAREWELL TO:||D/C R. Florer|
|D.W.S. K. Sharp|
|D.W.S. M. Rynn|
|D.W.S. J. Stretch|
|Temp. holiday employee G. KING.|