|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
PROFESSIONAL HOUR PROFESSIONALThe Professional Hour held on Thursday, 16th August was on Rehabilitation as pursued at West Cheshire Hospital. Present were the members of the Rehabilitation Team consisting of Dr. R. Middlefell, two Charge Nurses, one acting as Employment Officer the other as Charge Nurse of the Rehabilitation Unit, an Occupational Therapist seconded to the team and accompanied by an ex-patient now resettled in the community. Prior to the talk in the afternoon the team visited the hospital and such places of interest as the Anafranil Unit, Infirmary Wards and the Rehabilitation Unit. Proceedings were opened by Dr. Middlefell who outlined the aims and object the progress and problems of this particular area of involvement in a very sincere and forthright manner (this appears to be a common denominator of people working in Rehabilitation), after which each member of the team gave a brief discussion on their own areas of this work. To me the highlight of the afternoon was the opportunity to speak to and hear from the patient who had accompanied them. The fact that I had known this man for many years and played cricket against him was an added pleasure and it would be hard to describe my reaction, perhaps, best left at a feeling of humility. Although many of the approaches to the problem of rehabilitation were similar to our own, perhaps the main difference was our accent on the need of our particular rehabilitees to be re-employable and to a greater extent self-supporting when resettled in the community. Although nobody could disagree with Dr. Middlefell when he stated that this is not the essential criteria, and that all long stay patients should be treated with the same degree of intensity, and the fact could not be denied that society ought to face its responsibilities in supporting these people. General discussion and questions were freely answered by all members of the team, and towards the end it was suggested that a half-day symposium of speakers from a number of hospitals would be advantageous, and might be considered in the not too distant future. In conclusion we can only wish our colleagues at West Cheshire success and hope that their efforts will continue to produce the gratifying results which they appear to be achieving at this moment. Perhaps this would be a good opportunity too for us to note our appreciation to Mr. A. Critchley and Miss E. Pennington in the, work which they do to make stimulating and valuable Professional Hours available to us.
J. A. Jolley