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« Reply #120 on: April 14, 2016, 09:21:37 PM »
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Fester - it sounds as if you have the same dentists as I do 😖

I was swapped to 'Marian', the Polish dentist on Deganwy Ave,  first appointment today, he seems excellent.

My wife and I have been with "Mario" since Shepherd in West Shore retired.  Have found the work done by Mario to be really good, and almost painless!

Not sure if you are referring to someone else DVT?  I checked his name badge and my appointment slip, he is most definitely 'Marian',  it is a relatively common male name in Poland.

It is the same guy - Marian - I've always heard him called Mario by the receptionist(s) and by others I know who are his patients!

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« Reply #121 on: April 14, 2016, 10:13:33 PM »
I had a similar problem with dentists many years ago Mike.  If I had toothache then they just took the tooth out with no effort to save it and who was I to argue with their professional opinion.
Then I moved to a dentist in the Rhyl area, maybe the same one as you and they have done everything possible to save any teeth I had problems with.   Extraction of a tooth was only ever done as a last resort.
I have stayed with them for over 30 years and will continue to do so.

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« Reply #122 on: April 15, 2016, 12:15:37 AM »
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   Just got into the dentist thread. I'm an NHS patient. About six years ago the only dentist I could get was in Prestatyn. Went there, a polish lady, told her trouble i.e. toothache with one of my teeth. O.K. gone to far for fillings. Have to extract.
   Seemed to be taking a long time. Eventually she said thats finished. There you are, all bad. There alongside my head were 3 teeth. Oh. Not a lot I can do now, like cutting down a tree without planning consent. All in a row.
  Went back 12 months later for a routine inspection with the same lady. She looked briefly, and then said "they are all very old and very bad. They all need to come out." Me "ALL OF THEM?"   
   Yes. Make an appointment when you feel ready.
   Well I still had a reasonable mouthful of teeth, probably about 8 gone over the years. So I wasn't very happy,. By chance I managed to get into another dentists in Rhyl. So I transferred. Initial inspection and chat. Told him I had had a bit of general toothache.
   His advice. I will give you a prescription for a mouthwash. Use this for 4 weeks and come back to me. I went back, toothache gone. O.K. he said, see you in 6 months.
   I couldn't help myself. I told him a qualified dentist just up the road had said all out. He didn't really comment, just said there are different methods of treatment.
   I'm still going to Rhyl every year or so. Thats about five years. The same number of teeth and touch wood no toothache.
    How can two qualified dentists come up with such different treatments?
 

It's disgusting isn't it?  And not at all amusing.
You don't get any more teeth, and people generally go along with what so called 'professionals' advise.
So many of them have a flagrant disregard for the quality of an individual's life.
The inconsistency beggars belief.
How would they like it if a member of their family was treated in this way?
Fester...
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« Reply #123 on: May 12, 2016, 05:33:10 PM »
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I see the Doctors in Castle Street, Conwy is terminating its NHS contract:
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Shocking to see how the NHS and Education are both in crisis in Wales....

I had a look for some info on surgeries closing and shortage of doctors etc. a bit long winded but for those interested
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And a very interesting site called Pulse ....

NHS-run GP practices handed 'an extra £29 per patient.                                                                                     
GP leaders have accused health boards of ‘double standards’ after it was revealed NHS-run practices could be funded up to a third extra per head compared to GP-run surgeries
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« Reply #124 on: May 13, 2016, 05:11:54 PM »
This is the full article from above.....

GP leaders have accused health boards of ‘double standards’ after it was revealed NHS-run practices could be funded up to a third extra per head compared to GP-run surgeries.

LMCs in Wales were told that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board funds LHB-run practices an additional £29 annually per patient.

North Wales-based GP Dr Alison Hughes revealed the funding differential at the the Welsh Conference of Representatives of Local Medical Committees in Chester last weekend during a debate on the issue.

She said that the ‘inequity’ was unjustifiable, but a Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson - which runs one practice and is due to take over three others shortly - said that the funding was for extra staff.

A BMA analysis last year revealed that ten practices in Wales are now under health board control and a further eight were‘at risk’.

A motion at the Welsh LMCs meeting called for the additional resources and support put into LHB-managed practices to be ‘equitably made available to independent contractor practices to prevent them from collapsing in the first place.’ The motion was passed unanimously.

Dr Hughes said: ‘Why do LHBs think it is ok to pour money into practices that they are running but refuse to give support to employ more staff to keep practices on the brink from going under? We condemn their short-sightedness and the inequity and the double standards that we have between LHB-run practices and GMS.’

Gwent LMC vice-chair Dr Deborah Waters said of the extra £29 per patient: ‘That’s an enormous amount of money – if we all had that what could we do with it? There are double standards.’

A Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson said the organisation is running one practice in Blaenau Ffestiniog and will take on another in Wrexham in September after the Pen-y-Maes Health Centre announced plans to close. Two practices in Prestatyn have gone under and replacement services will be run by the health board from April, he added.
‘It is not a valid comparison to look at the costs of running an LHB-managed practice with costs of running other practices. We have to put in extra money for locums, nurses and pharmacists.’
Betsi Cadwaladr is running the Blaenau Ffestiniog practice on a long term basis but wants to return the others to private contractors as soon as it can, said the spokesperson.

This site and its links gives you insight into the thinking of GPs/medical professionals and the NHS
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« Reply #125 on: May 13, 2016, 07:11:57 PM »
It's been known for a long time that more GPs and Practice staff would be needed, and currently the service is experiencing a 'relaxed' time. If a major 'flu epidemic hits next autumn / winter then things could go seriously awry.

So what's wrong? This graphic shows the growth rate of Health and Education over 40 years.

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Unfortunately, Health and Education are lumped together but it's still easy to see that the only time during that period there was any growth in the service was 2005 - during the tenure of the Labour Parliament. Graphs tell part of the story, but detailed figures are rather more interesting...

In 2014, the Commonwealth Fund declared that in comparison with the healthcare systems of 10 other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the US) the NHS was the most impressive overall. The NHS was rated as the best system in terms of efficiency, effective care, safe care, co-ordinated care, patient-centred care and cost-related problems. It was also ranked second for equity.

The NHS employs more than 1.5 million people, putting it in the top five of the world’s largest workforces, together with the US Department of Defence, McDonalds, Walmart and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

The NHS in England is the biggest part of the system by far, catering to a population of 54.3 million and employing around 1.2 million people. Of those, the clinically qualified staff include 150,273 doctors, 40,584 general practitioners (GPs), 314,966 nurses and health visitors, 18,862 ambulance staff, and 111,127 hospital and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff.

The NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland employs 161,415, 84,000 and 66,000 people respectively. In 2014 Populations in those nations were 5.3, 3.1m and 1.8m respectively. England has 54.3m. But we have more people living longer so births are not being offset by deaths. Additionally, there was net migration increase of around 250,000 - mainly from the EU.

However, it's pretty clear that there's something of a dilemma: to fund a growing NHS we need more income from taxation and it's not easy to see where that will come from. Although if Osborne were to abandon his unrealistic (some say batty) intention to eliminate the Government deficit by 2020 then the UK could tread the same path as the US (and just about every other economy) and run a deficit happily, whilst funding the NHS more. But there are no easy answers.
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« Reply #126 on: May 17, 2016, 05:50:45 PM »
I am lost for words............................

Old Colwyn gran sent 200 MILES away to hospital due to North Wales bed shortage
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« Reply #127 on: May 18, 2016, 12:40:18 PM »
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I am lost for words............................

Old Colwyn gran sent 200 MILES away to hospital due to North Wales bed shortage
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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board isn't working yet again. It plainly obvious it needs to be broken up into smaller more accountable parts. An argument that could also apply to the EEC perhaps?
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« Reply #128 on: May 18, 2016, 02:37:29 PM »
I suspect it was a series of procedural issues that caused the move. I'm not defending the move, and there's no doubt that hospitals make some very stupid decisions but people need to explain why these actions were taken. 
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« Reply #129 on: June 18, 2016, 11:14:47 AM »
Betsi Cadwaladr health board spends £1.6m for consultants' advice.......on how to cut costs.

The troubled authority forked out £1,652,850 on money-saving experts in three years, including £1,089,819 in 2015/16, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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« Reply #130 on: July 08, 2016, 05:42:25 PM »
Refurbishment of Llandudno Hospital’s physiotherapy department is to start this month.

Improvements will include modernised and redesigned clinical space, improved access, more privacy for patients and the latest technological support for staff.

The end result of the £150,000 refurbishment will mean that patients are welcomed into a brighter and more attractive space that will also make it easier for staff to provide high quality therapy care.
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« Reply #131 on: July 08, 2016, 07:41:21 PM »
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Refurbishment of Llandudno Hospital’s physiotherapy department is to start this month.

Improvements will include modernised and redesigned clinical space, improved access, more privacy for patients and the latest technological support for staff.

The end result of the £150,000 refurbishment will mean that patients are welcomed into a brighter and more attractive space that will also make it easier for staff to provide high quality therapy care.
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That is very welcome news Steve as the current unit is like something out of the 1950's. Fortunately the Physio's are much more up to date and I shall no doubt be much in need of their services in the near future.
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« Reply #132 on: August 03, 2016, 05:24:33 PM »
This is a scary story, and for this area in particular.       

Medics admit at inquest of broken hip OAP who died in hospital (Ysbyty Glan Clwyd) that they can't find specialists for elderly patients.

Two senior medics have expressed concern at the failure to fill an important post in North Wales which could help save the lives of elderly patients.
“We have been trying to recruit a dedicated geriatrician for years,”

"Pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson gave the cause of death as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with the fall having been a contributory factor."
"Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ian Williams said the ideal situation would be to have a “joint care philosophy”, with a dedicated physician specialising in care of the elderly."

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« Reply #133 on: August 17, 2016, 12:54:33 PM »
Welsh Ambulance Service appeals for public to help save lives by clearly displaying house numbers
In Wales there are still many properties that don’t have door numbers or names, which could mean that precious time is wasted by blue light services searching for the property in an emergency.

Now, the Trust is urging householders to help further reduce response times by ensuring that their properties are clearly and prominently identified, and that there is nothing obstructing them.

Head of Operations Richard Lee said: “We need to get to 999 calls as quickly as possible. Sometimes if a house does not have its name or number clearly displayed there is a delay in us reaching the patient.
“It's vital that all properties display their name or number clearly and that it is visible from the road.

“Our control rooms have digital mapping systems to find addresses but in a life threatening emergency it's a good idea to send somebody outside to flag the ambulance or response car down. In these cases sometimes seconds save lives.”

“Please remember only to use 999 in the case of a genuine life-threatening emergency.”

What can you do? Follow these simple steps:

Ensure that your house number or name is visible from the road.

Ideally, house numbers should be the same size as the figures on a number plate.

Help the numbers stand out – choose white numbers and place on a black background or vice versa.

Encourage your neighbour(s) and local shopkeepers to follow suit.
For more information, please call Communications Officer Liam Randall on 01745 532511 or 07841 840 632 or email Liam.Randall@wales.nhs.uk

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« Reply #134 on: August 23, 2016, 08:37:22 AM »
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Further evidence of the lies and deceit of Jeremy Hunt. However, the Labour Party, sadly in complete disarray led by a complete disaster of a leader cannot bring their full weight to bear to bring Hunt to account. It's a sickening situation (excuse the pun), like many other issues that the Tories will be able to get away with  that will not be efficiently opposed because Corbyn has turned the Parliamentary Labour Party into the political equivalent of a train crash.
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