Hello and welcome to View From The Bed. I’m a 40-something, mum-of-2 journalist living in the North of England and I’m an NHS patient.
I love the NHS. It’s saved my life on a few occasions. Without it I’d almost certainly not have my two kids. But like an eccentric, rather irritating relative, it can drive me crazy and sometimes behave in a way I find really quite offensive.
I’ve got one rare condition (cryoglobulinaemia), one common (diabetes) and various complications. Over the years I’ve had numerous blood transfusions, plasma exchanges, biopsies, chemotherapy, biological therapies and am currently on 10 different types of pills. I’ve been blue-lighted in ambulances, learnt to walk again after weeks in intensive care and endured months of hospital food. I’ve stayed on clean wards, run meticulously by fantastic nurses and on wards where blood was left for days on the floor and disinterested staff ‘forgot’ to feed me. I’ve spent more money than I care to think about on NHS car parks and my Mastercard shivers when it sees me head for the bedside TV.
This website contains my opinions on the NHS, good and bad, after 10 years of spending hours sat on a bed, waiting for the doctors round, with not much else to think about. It’s a NHS patient blog, written by one of those to whom the NHS matters most – a patient.