"My matron is nice but not quite joined-up"
About: Central Lancashire PCT / Community nursing Central Lancashire PCT Community nursing
Posted by speedway queen (as ),
My matron has a pleasant pesonality with rather a 'butterfly' mind - often jumping from one thing to another. It's because she comes without a plan and forgets to look at people as a whole: some of us at eighty are more 'with it' than others at sixty!
Matron monitors my blood pressure, oxygen levels and weight. Somehow, she is not joined up to other parts of the NHS and had no idea I was being assessed for oxygen at home, now installed, or was awaiting a nasty lump to be removed from my leg, (all gone successfully) or noticed both cataracts (one gone now) or taken in that I have the dreaded osteoporosis.
Maybe she doesn't come often enough but more likely I don't have the energy to explain, or the breath. Can nobody read all the recent medical notes or are they all kept in different files / buildings / computer systems? If only the NHS would join up its departments.
Meanwhile, there has been an occasion when I was so distressed and down - it happens. Dutifully, Matron wrote up her kind offered drugs / referral to psychiatry and said she'd be back in a month. Not even a follow up phone call!
Matron is great on discussions about the end of life - hospitals are full, hospices are very full and so nursing homes are a possibility. Perhaps also specialist nursing at home. It was helpful to make us have the discussion as a family. The second time Matron wanted it all discussed (she hadn't written it down several months ago and now the doctor wants to know) I found it very upsetting. I don't want to keep planning the end - just want to enjoy what's left now.
Last points - Matron has not been able to organise a pressure bed / accessible bathroon / stairlift / extra hand rails etc. All useful things which I have had to adapt to mentally, and now realise help me to stay in my own home. Thank goodness for my daughters who have persisted with Social Services to find out about these aids and how to apply and find funding etc.
Matron is a great idea but cannot seem to yet do the whole job. The boxes are ticked but I often feel like a client in a caseload not a lady to be respected and cared for in her own home after a lifetime of service to our great nation!