|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
Editorial CommentThe notes on the Participative Management Course, which is now nearing completion, give some idea of the scope of this venture. Some time must elapse before the practical value of the course can be reasonably assessed. In the meantime, as the Foreword suggests, "the list of all participants will enable staff to contact one or other of their colleagues to discuss with them in greater depth the purposes and the suggested methods by which those purposes can be given effect."
Friday 13th The letter from Delph concerning the unfortunate experience of some of their patients after attending one of the clinics here has created quite a lot of interest. We. hope that it has also served to lessen the indignation apparent in it, so that the event (or rather, non-event) can be put in perspective.The system for ensuring attendance at and return from, relatively distant places broke down and someone complained about it. The official system to be followed is: During working hours the ward arranges transport with the General Stores, to the clinic. The clinic arranges transport, again with the Stores, to the ward. Outside normal working hours the Hall Porter contacts the Duty Driver. Consideration of the break-down in question is quite outside the scope of The Standard. Now that the letter has been published, and the system it relates to has been set out, we consider that the 'proper channels' must be used on any future occasion.
Union InformationThe T.U.C. Health Services Committee have noted the absence of information concerning Trade Union activities in hospital 'house' magazines and Regional Board Newspapers. "The T.U.C. Committee therefore suggest that branch Secretaries submit suitable items to editors of N.H.S. magazines." The Publications Committee are pleased to feel that they have already gone some distance in this direction. 'Suitable items', however, may mean more than dates and agendas of meetings. We await developments.
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Mind WeekThe problems of the N.H.S., and of any hospital in it, are numerous and complex. A main problem area in a hospital such as ours is rehabilitation, and in recent years we have made some effort to involve the community at large in the solution of the problems this concept raises. This week saw our contribution to Mind Week. But, whatever impact this exhibition may have had on the public, it has neither explained to them our difficulties, nor sought to give then any sense of involvement. Indeed, it may have given them an erroneous inpression*. We should not be surprised, therefore if our difficulties remain.
* E.g. one trio of visitors, who were taking notes, asked if all the upgraded wards were two-bedded ones.
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Picking up The Standard I sit and meditate
|J. Shaw||M. Fowles||J. McLoughlin|
|R. Dinsdale||L. Lathem||W.A. Broslin|
|J. Wells||H. Baines|
|B. Sinnett||P. Ward|
|A, Briscoe||W. Nixdorf|
|D. Crawley||J. Langley|
|Mrs. M.A. Hardman||T.N.A.|
|Mrs. P. Marsh||T.N.A.|
|Miss C.J. Tod||Nursing Assistant|
|Mrs. D. Povey||Nursing Assistant|
|Mr. S.R. Howarth||Nursing Assistant|
|Mrs. M. Oldman||Gen. S.E.N.|
|Mr. J. A. Newnes||Nursing Assistant|
|Miss A. M. Bates||Nursing Assistant|
|Mr. I Greer||S.E.N.|
|Miss P. Thomas||Cadet|
|Mrs. A. Cunliffe||T.N.A.|
|Mrs. A. Fogg||S.E.N.|