The plus side to Lockdown

Pollution is down;  people can see the stars, and apparently asthma cases have decreased.  Once the crises is over, will we ever want to go back to commuting hell – or will we have learnt to work from home – at least some of the time each week?

I shall miss checking my front-door-knob for goodies from kindly neighbour left hanging on it.

Boris is speaking better.  Before, his delivery at the podium was jerky and dis-jointed; but whilst he was in hospital, some clever therapist must have given him breathing exercises, so he is learning how to deliver a speech. There is still room for improvement, but at least it’s a start.

And it’s lovely the way we are re-connecting with doctors.  The dreaded call centre system seemed to have closed down, and now we are talking directly with doctors about our next steps.

Lifting up the phone one morning, on the other end was one of my favourite consultants, actually apologising that he couldn’t see me, but did I have any questions following up from the latest procedure he had done?  Minor niggles were quickly sorted, and he left a very satisfied patient,

Around the country doctors, nurses, physios and therapists are re-connecting with us, able to use their initiative and work in our best interests, rather than having to tick boxes, meet targets and follow some dictat from an unknown administrator.

Roy Lilley, who edits

says staff across the NHS have made a series of videos, designed to be helpful, from

  • West Suffolk’s virtual appointments guide for patients… what to expect and how to prepare.
  • Somerset FT, taking a proactive approach to the worrying situation surrounding the disproportionate effect CV-19 has on BAME colleagues.
  • The Royal Wolverhampton’s, Trust wide #nogoingback campaign, including reorganising district nurses, working remotely… one in a series of excellent video-shorts…
  • United Lincolnshire’s family liaison team, using iPads to help patients, on CV-19 wards, to keep in touch with relatives and providing a post-box for letters and emails, all operationally hosted by the chaplaincy team.
  • The Royal Berkshire and Frimley Health who are using an Italian pathway to triage patients, based on oxygen saturation, enabling some patients to go home with a sat’s-probe… their progress monitored by phone-calls.
  • Cheshire and Mersey Specialist Perinatal Service resource, ‘Be kind to Yourself‘, created for women with babies or young children, to support them in establishing a routine, support their wellbeing and engagement in activities, whilst self-isolating.
Perhaps the Dept. Health, Cabinet Office or whoever makes those Govt. coronavirus commercials could get these ground-roots staff to make their Ads. Why  ‘stay at home’?; this is never explained. Is it only me that finds them patronising?  Or are they annoying others too?
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