I had my Avastin infusion this morning in a Cork Hospital. The staff there are totally overworked. If someone is out sick or on leave, there is no trained experienced CNS to step in and do bloods and infusions, There is a replacement nurse but she is limited to blood pressure checks etc and general duties. This means that if someone gets a reaction to the treatment which we know can happen,t hey need immediate care which of course they get, infusion is stopped and doctor on call is brought in to assess the patient. However this has a rebound effect, the queues get longer outside in the waiting area because the nurses available are caring for the patient who falls ill in addition to changing infusions for other patients in the oncology ward. All this is undertaken with kindness and a smile. There is a huge need for the staffing level to be increased. I would be honest in saying the staff in my hospital are caring and considerate and work well as a team. They work extremely hard and through their lunch break. I remember a few years back if some one was out, there would be relief nurses from another hospital obviously the HSE has ceased this practice. I cant praise the oncology nurses enough, they are just fantastic doing a very responsible job under dire conditions, Sorry about the rant but the HSE badly needs to get its act together for the most vunerable of people and start wanting to keep their staff,
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