|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTEditorial Comment is limited this week to the observation that the Publications Committee, which is now playing a larger part in the running of "The Standard", does not exist by divine right - neither is it necessarily composed of those who have greatest ability in this capacity. It functions best as a responsible focus of hospital opinion and pressures. Questions - How well is it doing? and How can it do better? In what away could your Standard be improved? Answers?
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **We apologise for the delay in distribution of "The Standard" last week, which was due to the stencils being inadvertently incinerated and having to be re-typed.
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Re-Naming of WardsRe. The naming of wards. Why not name our wards after the senior staff who have given the hospital years of service?
** ** ** ** ** **At their last meeting, the Joint Consultative Staffs Committee considered the question of a maximum retirement age for our staff. It was felt that the views of the staff should be sought on this important matter, and we would therefore like the staff to discuss the subject and make their views known, either to their J.C.C. representatives, or by writing a letter to "The Standard".
** ** ** ** ** ** **It was decided recently that ward nursing staff would no longer be able to purchase sandwiches, etc., from the dining room in duty hours. However, some difficulty has resulted, especially during the morning shift, and we hear that the problem is being re-examined.
PERSPECTIVEStaff members tell something of themselves - their thoughts, feelings and opinions - in interview form. This week we very much enjoyed talking to Mrs. Barton, Asst. P.S.W. Q. How did you come to be here - in this field? A. Well I used to work in the Ministry of Labour - Several different places, several jobs - my last post was as a Disablement Resettlement Officer. I had intended to take a Degree or Diploma Course in Social Studies, but subsequent marriage and its attendant responsibilities made such a course very difficult at the time. The last eighteen months, at Winwick, have been most useful, however, very valuable experience. They would increase the value of such a Course now. Q. You've only shelved the idea then? A. Oh, yes. I think such Courses are most important. Quite apart from salary and promotion considerations. Q. Quite. What are your leisure time pursuits? A. I have a wonderful kite. No, really I do. And I love to fly it. And I watch aeroplanes - I could happily spend all day at an airport, just watching. Indoors, I make butterfly-collages - pictures built up from grasses, leaves and things, with a butterfly as the central feature. I even catch my own butterflies. Q. If I could throw in a more serious question - what are your views on the drive to break down Community/Hospital barriers? A. Naturally I think this is most encouraging. I've seen the situation from the 'other side'. as it were, and greater contact, better liaison, is going to be in everyone's interest. Not least, of course, our Patients. Q. In your contact with relatives and friends, do you find that recent reports in the Press concerning Hospitals such as this, produce anxiety or hostility? A. No I don't. One is conscious of anxiety on many occasions of course - it could hardly be otherwise. But I have never felt this was generated by anything as specific as that - no. Q. Do you read The Standard? What do you think of it? A. Yes, I do. The content seems very variable, but it's certainly an encouraging venture.
SWIMMING POOL FUNDI would like to thank Mrs. Lowe for the cake she so kindly donated for the above fund. The raffle realised £3.00. The winner of the cake was Mr. J. Settle. The amount of the above fund is now £336.00.
A. S. Kennerly.
|Mrs. M. Taylor||Nursing Assistant|
|Miss. J. Adams||Nursing Assistant (Miss Adams worked here last year as a temporary nurse, and we are pleased to see her return as one of our permanent staff)|