I attended an appointment at the pain management clinic this morning,  I had cancelled two previous appointments as ironically I was in too much pain to attend. Todays appointment was at 09.30 and so I was confident that the wait would be minimal and it wouldn’t cause me too much extra pain, but I was wrong. In fact I was told as soon as I booked in that there was a 20 minute wait but it ended up longer, but I sat chatting with the other people waiting and actually ended up meeting someone who has CRPS face to face for the first time.

I have lived in this area my entire life except for one year, we had two hospitals, one in Rochford and the one in Southend but the one in Rochford was partially knocked down and is now housing except for a mental health unit. Southend hospital was extended but its hemmed in by houses and so expansion is the majority of staff limited.

Like many towns Southend is being developed constantly, old disused buildings are demolished and on their footprints blocks of apartments are built and green spaces disappear underneath houses that are crammed into the smallest of areas. Our hospital, our schools, our roads are struggling to handle the burden of an increased population.

I love my local hospital, its modern and it has all the clinics and facilities that a modern hospital should have, but an increased population and the fact that people live longer now is having a catastrophic impact on the hospital.

It’s taking longer and longer to get an out patient appointment, when you attend the clinic the wait past the appointment time is longer and longer, the staff are working flat out to deal with an increasing number of patients and all the time the numbers are growing. The question is how long can our hospital and other hospitals cope under this pressure with an ever decreasing budget.

I love our hospital, I love our NHS but how much more pressure before it fails?

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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