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On The Wards


  • ‘Trolleys pose problems’Subscription

    18 August, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Hospital beds have improved so much over the years that I cannot even think of reverting to what we used before. Even the basic mattress is much more comfortable and less sweaty than the plastic covered one used in the past.

  • Older patients need their newspapersSubscription

    18 August, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Every time I go to work in Cardiff I walk past a full-size oil portrait of Aneurin Bevan, the father of the health service.

  • On the wards: Nurses can help cut costsSubscription

    15 July, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Several weekends ago I read a headline in our local paper with much surprise: ‘£30m cut for our hospitals’. The headline relates to the trust where I work and is based on the news that the trust aims to save £30m during the current financial year.

  • Nurses aren’t superhumanSubscription

    18 June, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    In a report published by the Healthcare Commission in April, it was revealed that 30% of hospital complaints relate to fundamental nursing care.