#TOTW (from 15-06-14): ‘Hospital patients to get named doctor’

This week’s #TOTW is:

‘Hospital patients to get named doctor’ via

To me this is not something that is new and a good idea, and wouldn’t it be nice to have. To have a named doctor who is responsible for your care in hospital, and someone that you have met and can talk to about your care, or the care of a relative/loved one is a fundamental right. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges was asked by the Government to draw up guidelines following the Francis Report into the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust:

http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/report

To have a “The Name over the Bed” of your senior doctor is one of the suggestions from their report:

http://www.aomrc.org.uk/general-news/academy-publishes-guidelines-on-responsible-consultant-clinician-the-name-over-the-bed.html

There’s not really much to say about this, other than it should be implemented as soon as possible, as it goes to the heart of patient care and maintaining patient dignity in hospital. Patients have the right to know who is responsible for their care in order to help them feel that they are not just one of many on a list (which of course in one respect they are), but that they do have someone who is overseeing the care they are receiving. Patients meet many people during a stay in hospital, and knowing peoples names is an absolute basic, as I have tweeted and blogged about before in relation to the #hellomynameis campaign.

So to all the health professionals out there, please, please, please continue to introduce yourself to your patients, and explain to them who you are and what you are doing. It’s such a simple thing to do, yet one that can make such a big difference to how patients feel.

That’s it for this week, see you next week! Who knows what the topic will be about this time next week…I certainly don’t!

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