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My wife was discharge after a knee replacement surgery from Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup last Tuesday pm. Today there was a doorbell rang only one press. Obviously she is not mobile and could not respond quickly enough. Nearly 10 minutes later when I came to her room to enquire if she needs anything. She told me about the bell, I went into porch and found a card "distt nurse called today". This raises serious questions?
1. The people those sent the nurse have our telephone number.
2. They know the patient is not mobile.
3. Why the nurse (called) did not wait and bothered to press the doorbell 2nd time.
4. A telephone call takes only a few seconds to inform the carer at home that nurse will call say between 12.00 to 14.00 hours.
We have a similar experience couple of years ago about their;
sense of responsibility, careless attitude, and rude behaviour.
What a waste of resources, I assume my wife that would be I just need a small dressing changed. It is supposed to be a NHS, it looks support the service is out of control, and without accountability. I wonder like last time anything will happen or I am just wasting my time as nothing did happened although the matter was very serious.
Today I am writing to my MP and 10 downing street to look at the service and responsible people should be called upon.

Thank you for your feedback and our conversation today.

I will be taking back your comments to the District Nursing team to ensure they make every effort to contact their patients/carers by phone to set a date and time band for their first visit as per our conversation today.

Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.

Kind regards

Karen Rodwell
Head of Integrated Community Teams

The service you are offering looks incredible and I will be referring myself via the form on the website. The only comment I have to make is that on the form it says; 'IAPT Adult Primary Care Psychology Service.' I understand that you all need to clarify the service you provide. But as a person in my 20's seeing the word 'Psychology' on the form stopped me from putting in my details. It stopped me because the word made me feel as if I was weak, messed up and in desperate need of fixing, it made me feel sick. It's something I suggest you change because four weeks ago I wanted to fill it in but the word stopped me, I just hope it hasn't prevented anyone else.

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your comments. I am very glad that you have decided to refer yourself to Greenwich Time To Talk.

‘IAPT’ stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, which is a national programme to help provide evidence-based talking therapies to people with mild to moderate anxiety or depression. We need to tell people that Greenwich Time To Talk is an IAPT service, as they may search just for ‘IAPT’.

We do appreciate that words like ‘psychology’ may be misunderstood, but psychology is actually the study of how people think, feel and behave, both in normal circumstances and at times of stress.

1 in 4 people will experience anxiety or depression at some point in their lives, so it is a very common problem, but one which people do find difficult to talk about. The stigma associated with mental health problems is a difficult problem to address, but hopefully over time campaigns like ‘Time to Change’ (www.time-to-change.org.uk) and national treatment programmes like IAPT will make it easier for people to seek and find the help that they need.

Best wishes

Katy Grazebrook
Clinical Lead GTTT and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Awful place, unfriendly, rude staff. A place where the tea ladies show more compassion then the nurses. If your family member is going into this place I pray for you.....

Dear Tim

Thank you for your feedback, we would like the opportunity to discuss your concerns.

We have your email address and will make contact with you shortly.

Best regards

Steve Callister
Service Manager, Unscheduled & Intermediate Care - Greenwich

What a shame this service is struggling. In general I have received good service from the trust, but this time the response has been poor. The receptionist or person managing calls was brusque rude, pointed out how busy they were she sighed tutted , etc. Another colleague put the phone down as apparently he couldn't understand me. No one knew what had preceded the call even though as liver transplant I have had quite a lot to do with health and social services over the past few years. Still no history seemed available, I was asked each time for the story why did I need a dressing change, ( GP mainains that they organised the distrcict nurse). I was so fed up I considerd getting a lift into town to visit the walk in centre in Soho or reluctantly a trip to A&E or a call to Kings. What a waste of resources that would be I just need a small dressing changed. Waited in all day yesterday with no visit, apparently someone is coming today lets see....

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your feedback.

We are sorry to hear that you felt your experience of this service was unsatisfactory and we will be contacting you directly to try to resolve this matter.

Kind regards

Karen Rodwell
Head of Integrated Community Teams

I always thought I am strong and resilient to any ups and downs in my life until I faced one difficult one.
It was great pleasure to meet Greenwich Time to talk staff for support upon my GP's referral.
The support that I got from Greenwich Time to talk team is enormous and priceless.

Staffs were always pleasant and supportive. I felt at ease and comfortable all the time.
It’s that extra support and right direction that I got when I lost my focus and balance.

I appreciate the help that I got from organisation and recommend anyone who is in trouble.
It helps in not accumulating unnecessary stress and tension in life.

Dear Raj

Thank you very much for your positive comments about Greenwich Time to Talk. I am very pleased that the service has enabled you to move forward.

I will pass on your comments to the staff within the service who will very much appreciate your feedback.

Kind regards

Dr Keith Miller
Trust Head of Psychology

Just used 'The Source' - They are so professional, helpful and efficient, they seem to be a well kept secret, and had I had known about them a few years ago - would go direct to them. Eltham Palace Surgery have a backlog with immunisations so 'The Source' kindly sorted it for me. Highly recommended and my sincere thanks x

I'm reside in Bromley county.
I have a disabled son who is 20 years of age.
I just need to get some help regarding his behaviour.
Thanking you .

Dear Mr S

Please contact the psychology secretary, Ms Kate Skorniak on 020 8461 7100 (of the Bromley Learning Disabilities Team based at 4th Floor, Yeoman House, 63 Croydon Road, Penge, London SE20 7TS), to make an appointment for Mr Lorne Taylor, Challenging Behaviour Nurse Specialist, to visit you in the week commencing 18th August 2014.

Kind regards

Dr Sandra Baum
Head of Psychological Services for People with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Associate Clinical Director for LD

Really really good service the lady i had, called Caroline, has been amazing!!! Very happy with the outcome and some useful skills learnt aswell.

Dear Sarah

Many thanks for your positive feedback about Greenwich Time to Talk.

The fact that you have taken the time to post your feedback means a lot to all of us in Oxleas and I will pass on your comments to the team.

Kind regards

Dr Keith Miller
Trust Head of Psychology

I am about to lose my home after years {about 4} of telling Erith that I cant deal with things, and them rudely telling me that basically there is no help. Fell over had a ct scan...Guess what folks have early onset dementia!! Terminal disease, was showing all signs but lazy Erith just left me to struggle.

Dear Anita

I am sorry that you are unhappy with the service you feel you have received.

We would like the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your concerns.

Please could you call me on 01322 356100 or by email at Susan.Sturdy@oxleas.nhs.uk to arrange a suitable date and time?

Kind regards

Susan Sturdy
Team Manager - Bexley Short Term Intervention Team

I saw the nurse the other day and she was fantastic. She helped me clean my wound and I am very grateful.

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