||[May. 4th, 2009|09:24 am]
Back on Sunday I Emailed Doctor Nelson - our local hospitals Intensive Care Clinical Director.|
I know the NHS has been cutting slack in the system for years to meet financial targets. This works well until there's an anomaly in people needing care - such as a new virus outbreak.
From what I've heard, IC units are always running at around 50% capacity, maybe more.
So the question I sent him was to ascertain the slack in the current system over the last few years, at least in this local hospital.
You see, once a hospital's at capacity - for the people that's left needing care, they may as well be sick in the 17th century - they'll be getting the equivalent care.
So this winter, if the Swine Flu does come back with a vengeance - make sure you're the FIRST to get it, you don't want to be avoiding it for weeks, and end up getting ill when all the hospitals are full.
Good news though - the Swine Flu's spreading very slowly - as long as it doesn't mutate it should fizzle out.
But that's what happened with the Spanish Flu - and it came back.