Just when it was getting interesting on my favorite blog reads at Devils Kitchen, Dr Rant and Dr Crippen a combination of NHS censorship and divine intervention put me out of action over the last week.
I have commented before that Dr Rant cannot be accessed from many work computers because it is "Tasteless". This is something of an own goal for a medical blog as many people who are interested would want to access it at work. Our NHS Trust in England blocks this site and more recently the private Nuffield Hospital has also started to block it. I could access it in a Welsh NHS hospital. Either they haven't got round to banning it yet or the Welsh are less easily offended!
Last week I found Devils Kitchen blocked because of the use of a certain 4-letter word which, interestingly, was displayed prominently on the screen explaining why the site was blocked.
When I tried to access the sites from home I found that a lighning strike had disabled my computer. I managed to fix this myself but there have been lightning storms every evening this week so I have had to leave my computer unplugged.
One of the blogs I wanted to leave a comment on was the Dr Rant assertion that radiographers and nurses don't do routine work outside the hours of 9-5. The team have seriously misjudged this and show themselves up as being out of touch.
The arguement that patients receiving nursing care in hospital after 5 must be emergencies just makes no sense and our radiographers provide a routine service on Saturdays and would do more if the funding was available. We bend over backwards to provide a service to suit patient demands, whatever our personal views on the sense in this, because the GPs can send patients to whoever provides the most accessible service. It is odd therefore that providing an accessible service shouldn't apply to GPs.