I just wanted to tell everyone something passed on to me by main Nurse Specialist at Addenbrookes.
As some of you know, at my hospital I am blessed to have two ascites drain nurse specialists. They work full time, Mon- Fri.
I have often heard people talk about not being able to get drains, or attending smaller hospitals with nurses that are not trained properly in liver disease and in giving drains..Sometimes not being able to get a drain at all, or waiting 6 or 8 weeks. Some, or many of us do not know about the best dietary needs for fatty liver disease, and nutrition in general.
I mentioned this to my Nurse Practitioner. She does more drains than any other nurse specialist in all of the UK.
So, she and her close friend friend from Norwich have set up a nurses training day! It will specialized in liver disease, ascites draining etc.
Some of the issues that will be discussed are as followed.
Interpretation of Bloods
End of Life Care
This is for nurses within the Eastern Regional Network, working at either ward level, prisons, or drug services looking after patients specifically liver disease.
Places are limited, and are on a first come first served basis.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to secure your place.
Its located at:
Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre
at The National Stud
So, if your in the Eastern Regional Area, speak to your nurses. They can learn how to conduct a drain properly, the best nutrition for us, and for fatty livers, HE, etc.
I hope this can be of some value to you when you see your nurses, or practitioners next time. Maybe you could even get a practitioner from your surgery to attend. Who knows? They could at least get the information. In having that, they could help your GP for a referral. You could ask anyways. It's worth a shot! (I personally think every surgery should have a nurse who is trained in basic knowledge about all the organs and how to spot disease!)
Next on my list is a training day to inform patients about all of these things!!! That sure would be nice for many of us!
Again, this is for training nurses only.
Cheering everyone on!