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EDITORIALThis month's J.C.S.C. Meeting will not take place as planned. The cancellation is due to precedence being given to important meetings arising out of the present N.H.S. Disputes and their repercussions at this hospital.
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PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS VIEWED BY THEIR PATIENTS. Report of an attitude Survey by W. Raphael and V. Peers
It seems probable that the first two direct questions, "Do you see the doctors enough?' and, 'Do they tell you enough?' stimulated more criticism than would have been given spontaneously - indeed, it came from about one-third of the patients. The question on nurses' care produced many enthusiastic tributes. In addition, answers to the question, "What do you like best about the hospital?' frequently referred to the staff in glowing terms and included doctors, nurses, social workers and others. There was considerable difference between the views of the short-stay and long-stay patients on the question of feeling free. It seems from certain of the answers to the questions 'Do you see the doctors enough?' and 'Do they tell you enough' that many patients did not realise that, in some cases, part of the treatment is to reduce their dependence on their doctor and also attempt to get the patients themselves to discover the cause of their illness rather than for the doctor to tell them.
Seeing Doctors Enough
Percentage Critical: whole group 31
Doctors Telling enough
Percentage critical: whole group 39
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Secretary Of State visits Fire Research StationSir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, visited the Fire Research Station on January 10th to 'see work on flame resistant and flame retardant materials. It was pointed out that furnishing fabrics such as curtains can sometimes be placed in such a position that they may accidentally be ignited. A selection of treated curtain materials was on display, showing that relatively fire safe materials can still be attractive in appearance.
A major contribution to the rapid growth of a fire can be made by large exposed surfaces such as walls, partitions and ceilings which may be lined with materials contributing to the flame spread. Sir Keith was shown how these materials are tested and classified as to their capability to spread flame, particularly in relation to decorative surfaces for hospital wards, corridors and escape routes.
Other work seen was in connection with the toxicity of fire gases and smoke, and. the application of detectors to hospital wards.
The aim is to provide a guide to the application of fire detectors to typical existing wards, particularly geriatric mental and children's wards.
Quote from a report on 'The behaviour of people in fires'.
"Since. for any given person a fire would appear a rare event, the majority of people never consider what actions they would take if they were involved in one."
Those concerned with the problems of fire prevention, fire protection and fire fighting must operate in the context of this general indifference, ignorance and variability of behaviour.
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'Hospitals: Communication, Choice and Change' - R.W. Revans