"Doctor Welsh is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever met"

About: HMP Stocken / Primary care

(as the patient),

Fortunately I don't have to attend the prison health care very often, but on the few occasions I have been, I have found all the staff very helpful.

Doctor Welsh is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever met.

This is my first time in prison so you can imagine my surprise to meet such a wonderful doctor.

The dentists help out as much as they can but with cut backs it is not easy for them. The same applies to the opticians, financial cut backs restrict ones service.

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Response from Graham McCrindle, Clinical Matron, HMP Stocken, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post this message.

I am delighted that you have been met at healthcare with service that we strive to achieve at all times.

I agree with your comments related to Dr Walsh as she is an example of healthcare and being a doctor at its best.

The monetary cutbacks as you mention will have effects everywhere and not just within prisons.

We at Stocken are in the process of reviewing all of the care we give and to date the challenges we have are being met by Notts Heathcare Trust.

This review is not a means to reduce services but to get smart and be inventive with the funding we have and the way we use it.

We are actively employing more staff not less and our opening hours are increasing.

This is borne of looking at alternative potential funding streams from a multitude of possibilities and opportunities.

Currently some major healthcare improvements around the prison are being funded by the Kings fund for example.

Thank you once again.

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