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Plans to Train Nurses to Perform Surgery to Cut Waiting Times

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https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/24/nurses-trained-perform-surgery-ease-waiting-times-12290393/?ito=social

I guess it’s one way to deal with the long waiting times, and the nurses will get more money. But would you be comfortable with this ?

hspexy
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi1 month ago

Not sure if it is a good thing to do...i would rather have surgery by robot...

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

That’s true. I think I’d trust a robot more...even more so than a human doctor at times lol

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi1 month ago

hspexy the real doc tried to give me the epidural injection 5 times.....6th an other one could manage it...I think the robot would do it 1st

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dholly39
dholly391 month ago

I dunno..... This concerns me seeing as a nurse that stitched my hand up was bloody awful lol

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

Nurses do a wonderful job and I was so grateful for them looking after my son in the hospital, but I wouldn't have wanted one of them doing his 12 hour open heart surgery.

To me surgery is a speciality, that takes years of training and requires you to be an expert in that field.

Nurses already have so much to do without adding to their work load.

I had to wait 9 months for my son to get his operation, but he had one of the best heart surgeons in the country, who explained everything to us in easy to understand terms and made sure we know exactly what was going on. I still remember the look of delight on his face when he told us he had been able to do a full repair! He even came and visited him in the NICU to check on his progress. Surgeons are wonderful creatures, who do such an amazing job and they constantly have to retrain and research with new advances in medicine and technology.

I understand that it would help ease the pressure but I don't think it is the solution.

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SuzJ
SuzJ1 month ago

I guess it depends what the surgery is and how complicated and invasive it is. My daughter had gastric surgery at three days old. The surgeon and his assistant acted very much like it was just another day at the office (and I mean that in the best possible way; it was very reassuring!)

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

After spending so many years working for the NHS, it is a no from me. The majority of the nurses I worked with I wouldn't trust to run a bath. Operate on some one? Most of the nurses I had to work under as their secretary couldn't even put a sentence together! They use to come to me regarding medicine doses, etc. Some of those nurses scared me being left in charge of people.

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

I can imagine how frustrating it must be to have seen this. I can’t say my experiences with them have been positive - mostly negative rather than positive. For the few I know that have been good, I know they’d hate to have to transition, as they preferred to be nurses rather than have the extra burden of the doctors

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Mummy18
Mummy181 month ago

As a midwife I would be mortified if I was told I would be performing Caesarean sections! It’s not our role and completely out of our sphere of practice. I’m sure nurses would agree for their role and surgery. Doctors are trained in this area for years, nurses are not.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana1 month ago

Financially there is huge pressure on the NHS to deliver a service for all but with dwindling financial resources so I guess someone has come up with this idea possibly out of desperation. I can see it working though if its incredibly simple procedures but I'm sure there will be more errors in doing so even if they make up a very small percentage.

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ACR
ACR1 month ago

I suspect this would lead to increased malpractice claims. Nurses are already stretched working in understaffed hospitals and increasing their workload would only have a detrimental impact on the level of care they can provide for patients. They need to sort out the staffing levels in the NHS before introducing something like this.

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

I know a solicitor who primarily deals with such malpractice cases. She’s very busy already...she will only get busier lol

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