"Nothing about me without me: real person-centred care"
Posted by Dazzle (as ),
Today I received a letter from Dr Clare Willocks at NHS Lanarkshire regarding my recent appointment with her to discuss my need for treatment in Lanarkshire for Early Menopause. A few weeks ago I got a similar letter from Dr Pererra at NHS Greater Glasgow.
Both these letters have been circulated to all professionals involved in my care - and most importantly have also been sent to me. They communicate where we are currently at with regards to my care and treatment, and also future plans going forward. I have never before experienced this - actively being included in communications between health professionals regarding my care. I think it is excellent and really demonstrates that I am the person at the centre of my care package. I am involved as an equal partner in making decisions moving forward.
I was also delighted to read that as a direct result of my Patient Opinion posts, NHS Lanarkshire are in preliminary discussions as to whether there is a need for a Specialist Menopause Clinic in Lanarkshire - which I am certain they will find there absolutely is a huge need.
A quote for an excellent article written recently by a friend and fellow campaigner GP Hannah Short "Let’s talk menopause. What I mean is, let’s get to the nitty-gritty and admit that we as professionals are failing women – 13 million of them. That’s the estimated number of women currently peri- or post-menopausal in the UK, equal to one-third of the entire female population. " You can read the full article here http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/apr/01/lets-talk-menopause-because-we-are-failing-13-million-women
So thank you Dr Pererra, Dr Willocks, Dr Gemmill for the excellent person centred care that I am receiving, and thank you Patient Opinion for helping me to not only access the right treatment - but hopefully helping other women access better care and treatment.
Lets keep talking Menopause and #changethechange. Follow our campaign here http://menopauseuk.org/about/