I’m off to Nottingham tomorrow for another surgical review. I last saw the surgeon in June, just 12 days after the 4-hour operation on my head. He was pleased with my progress at that stage and asked me to return again a month later. I never got to that appointment thanks to the development of an unforeseen complication. Before consenting to surgery, I was warned of the dangers of the operation. Osteomyelitis was not on that list but it sure is now! I hope to have more news to share with you when I get back.
I have something for you to ponder on while I’m away. While undergoing prolonged treatment in hospital for the osteomyelitis, it was very noticeable how few Irish nurses were working in the system. It was a large teaching hospital with the usual cohort of trainee nurses on the wards but there were very few fully trained Irish nurses to be seen. The majority of the nurses were recruited from overseas, from the Philippines and India. These nurses were highly trained and professional except in one regard. While working on the wards, they had a tendency to speak to one another in their native tongue. As a patient, I found this disconcerting as it excluded me from discussions concerning my own care. I wondered if there was a hospital policy requiring staff to speak in English only, while on duty. Do you have any views on this?