"Staff great, systems less so"
About: Mount Vernon Hospital Mount Vernon Hospital Northwood HA6 2RN
Posted by Peter Gartenberg
I visited early Monday evening as I had damaged my calf quite painfully going upstairs and I had been advised to get it checked out. I have a few points that I hope the administravie management will consider and will then praise the staff. Monday is very busy, as it includes all the weekend's sports injuries apparently, and so I ended up with a 2 hour and more wait - presumably it is not feasible to have more nurse assessors on duty on a Monday? Actually, that was quite lucky, as the list was closed immediately after me - and we were asked to keep the entrance door shut and not let new people in. So some people who arrived before the 'closing time' of 8pm were turned away - surely such closure this could be flagged on the website in this day and age so people could check before making journeys in the last couple of hours that the MIU is open? Also, I did not get the impression that therewas any sign put on the closed door - that would make it more official and less uncertain and uncomfortable for those people knocking on the door/window and those inside waiting, who either had to ignore them or go up to them andtell them on behalf of the hospital. Finally, the staff: - I found the person at reception friendly and efficient - my nurse assessor was similarly professional, despite it being right at the end of her day: she diagnosed the injury (albeit a common one) thoroughly, checking for non-standard problems; she called up a diagram on the computer screen, which I appreciated; and she advised me about exercise and other treatment. There is, however, one moan: she was very clear that I should not use any form of bandage and stated that MV MIU had so advised for about 20 years. I did not debate this but note that it runs contrary to the commonly used RICE acronym and that confusion was reinforced as the handout she gave me also uses RICE, of which the C is of course compression. Someone shd resolve this apparent disparity (e.g. maybe I did not need compression as I had no real obvious swelling?) The exercises in the leaflet are useful and instinctively feel correct.