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Being a patient rep often sounds like a fun job, you get to
spend more time with the clinical teams that support and look after us, help
improve services and generally make sure that the patient voice is heard.For us in the North West that’s been done
through the patient reps who were chosen by the regional focus group;
principally Anna Burns and Paul Willgoss. We’ve worked closely with the
regional congenital heart charity (the Chi…
This is not a blog which will head of into new age clap trap, nor is it one that will say that all change come from within. This is one of those blogs inspired by a conversation with a younger person with a dicky ticker, and yes they're happy with me to post it... Its a conversation that we've had over a couple of years.
It starts with a simple statement - I am a dinosaur.
My surgery was in the first 300 of its type at Great Ormond Street.
It was done 41 years ago - the machinery used to keep me alive during that surgery is quite literally in a museum. If you walk into the Science Museum in London, walk into the gallery of scientific progress, (its a right turn after the entrance), you'll get to a big hall and on the right there's a heart bypass machine from the late 60's... It looks like a piece of industrial kitchen equipment. Nothing is digital, nothing seems to be automated. In short it looks crude.
That's because it was. That's not a criticism, its…
Oppsy – the blog has been unwritten for many a month. There has been a series of very good reasons, but still the blog has been unwritten.
However, I’ve said I write the blog best when I’m running well – and I’m not running well, the hip injury from months ago is still lurking, mainly hurting when I’ve sat down for far too long. Which given I have a sitting down job and spend significant hours sat on a train getting around the country is a bit of a bugger…
So as I’ve started groping towards getting back into the running its time for a catch-up montage blog…
The degree is over; I’ve submitted my last Tutor Marked Assessment and passed the last module and now have a silly amount of letters to add after the other letters after my name – BA (Hons) Open (Open) – so I stand astride CP Snow’s two worlds, a scientist who loves science and a student of the Arts (as in Art History) with large dollops of Religious Studies and Heritage Studies. The Open University is a curates egg – at its be…