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"my recent post and a comment from another user has made me realise that self care is so important.

I wanted to start a thread in the Health and Wellbeing section of the boards about self care.

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I know a lot of us are struggling at the moment with different aspects of our own lives, and sometimes we get so lost in these we forget to take time for ourselves. This tread is, a Reminder to you to take time out for yourself during the difficult times.

down in the comments I would really love for people to share ideas and tips about self- care. to remind ourselves and others in the community.

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Take a walk and admire whats around me ( take as long as needed)
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make a hot drink and just sit down with a film.

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The Mix have a guide to self-care which you can find here."
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  • Do you need an ambulance?

    Apologies for the rag that this is linked to, but it's where the story was drawn to my attention.

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    Originally posted by From article
    “Surely losing a limb is an obvious emergency?”
    As members of the public, rather than biased like me, do you think that this man should have been sent an ambulance?

  • #2
    Certainly not if the ambulances were at full stretch (which they usually are) ... why couldn't his uncle take him?
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    • #3
      Is a finger a limb?

      I suppose it depends on the circumstances. If they had ambulances sitting spare, possibly yes (though against them being able to do some medical care on the way and being able to drive faster and safer needs to be balanced against them having to get out there).

      If there's more urgent things (heart attacks, people being knocked down and fear of spinal injuries etc) then probably not.

      I'm guessing its the latter case...
      She sang for mercy, for the living and the dead alike, for Bran and Rickon and Robb, for her sister Arya and her bastard brother Jon Snow, away off on the Wall. She sang for her mother and her father, for her grandfather Lord Hoster and her uncle Edmure Tully, for her friend Jeyne Poole, for old drunken King Robert, for Septa Mordane and Ser Dontos and Jory Casseland Maester Luwin, for all the brave knights and soldiers who would die today, and for thechildren and the wives who would mourn them

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Flashman's Ghost
        Is a finger a limb?
        Exactly, it's why I quoted that comment. Talk about over playing something...

        I suppose it depends on the circumstances. If they had ambulances sitting spare, possibly yes (though against them being able to do some medical care on the way and being able to drive faster and safer needs to be balanced against them having to get out there)

        If there's more urgent things (heart attacks, people being knocked down and fear of spinal injuries etc) then probably not.

        I'm guessing its the latter case...
        Whilst they may have one sitting free at that specific moment, the next call might be an emergency. This would be a "Category C" call, basically they have to be really quiet before they will go out to one of those. The others you mention are Category A, they must have vehicle on site within eight minutes and once you pick someone up you cannot drop them off while you rush to a more urgent call.

        In this case I think that the bloke is taking the piss and it's a non story IMHO The interesting part is that an ambulance was provided once he had got to the first A&E Dept. problem there is that the hospital is now responsible for him and would have to do this even though it still wasn't really warranted...

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        • #5
          it would depend on whether he could get to the hospital without one I think.
          if not, then send an ambulance. Losing an inch of your finger is quite a lot.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SuzyCreamcheese
            it would depend on whether he could get to the hospital without one I think.
            Yes, if you are on your own when something like this happens then an ambulance would be correct - just not immediately.

            Losing an inch of your finger is quite a lot.
            Not in a clinical sense.

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            • #7
              To add, Random Acts of Reality is an excellent blog by a London Ambulance driver, worth reading IMHO.

              Oh and he has a book out too (which I mentioned in the Book Club thread in Entertainment) - a fascinating insight into what the Ambulance staff face on a daily basis.

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              • #8
                Given the area, the ambulance operator was quite right to tell him to make his own way there. Northumberland is a massive county and ambulance stations are not spready widely; Bedlington is also about a 5-minute drive from the nearest A&E unit at the Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington.

                What an utterly stupid story. As much as anything it would be quicker to make your own way there.

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                • #9
                  It would probably have been quicker to make his own way there, yes - but they should have sent one out.

                  I dislocated my knee about... ooh... an hour from the hospital and got sent an ambulance.

                  The only reason I needed to GO to Hospital was to wait about 6 fucking hours for X Rays to make sure my knee was OK. Joy.

                  Running my rig in a mighty high gear,
                  I don't care where I go, so long as it ain't here,
                  If something gets in my way, you know I'm gonna ram her,
                  Nobody fools around with this gear jammer.

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                  • #10
                    A knee is different to a finger though- with a knee you're unable to walk, and so can't make your own way there.

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                    • #11
                      No he shouldnt have got an ambulance. When i chopped off the end of my finger i ended up going by Taxi.

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                      • #12
                        I'm going to buck the system and say yes I think he should have been sent an ambulance, loss of that much of a finger would count as a disability. Maybe not one of those big ambulances but one of the car ones would do the trick nicely.

                        After all shock is a killer and they would be painted in an even worse light he'd been affected worse by shock. It would have also increased the probability of him going to the best hospital in the first instance and thus saving his finger.
                        Growls

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                        • #13
                          "Horrified nurses bandaged the hand and transferred him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary..."

                          How does the Sun know they nurses were 'horrified'? I'm guessing they dealt with things nastier on that one shift.

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                          • #14
                            It isn't a case of the "best" hospital, he would have been taken to A&E (five minutes away) and then transferred to the specialist unit in Newcastle (35 miles away) afterwards.

                            And as I say, Bedlington is about five minutes drive from Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington. An injured hand, if its free from machinery, does not justify sending an ambulance, and especially not where a small number of ambulances have to serve a county in excess of 400 square miles in size.

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                            • #15
                              If he was losing a lot of blood from it he might have passed out though. If he had to get on public transport or whatever then I'd say call an ambulance but maybe the car would have been ok.

                              My step-brother had a very similar problem when he put his hand into a turbo at work and it chopped a large part of his finger off. I don't know how he got to hospital though.

                              But also my friend went to UCH in an ambulance and my other friend couldn't travel in the ambulance with her so they walked there and arrived before the ambulance even though they'd both left the building at the same time :shocking:
                              Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.

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