Hello to everybody, I'm new to the board. I have lurked awhile here and on the USA board. I hope you don't hate me for this vent...
Sadly already I have a vent. how to do you cope with 'health tourists'. Yesterday we had FOUR! All had major ops. Family who cant speak English but notes say "mother had baby in England left for X country with baby at 3 months has been back in the UK for 6 months" child is now 4 years old and cannot speak English. Family doesn't work (I asked and I knew because they claimed travel expensives). It makes me so mad but some of my collages say well wouldn't you do it if you had a child that was sick? But the NHS can't treat everybody from every other countries, and they NHS is hardly rich is it! They wanted two family members to say overnight by the bedside plus each have another family member in our parents lodge. We have a strict one-parent/guardian policy as we a very small unit. we are a 12 bedded unit. But very sick/dying children this rule is broken.
Then screaming and wailing started from female members and grandmother said one word to me "racist" I couldn't cope I didn't know what to do for the best, then family then decided to try and hack two below knee pop's off with a penknife, so I called security. Meanwhile my fellow nurses were trying to sort out the other families as well as the other patients.
The families had 28 visitors between them
, none of which would leave, were told polity and explained about health and safety etc, but no-one out of 28 people understood English. Being rural with small ethic minorities groups, we have no access to translators. We also have to prep these children and make sure they have been starved how do we do this safely when we can't ask the parents? We have had cases were children have gone down and they have eaten.
We have spoken to Dr's and they don't care!
Anyway the three of us and our unit manager are having a meeting on Monday to discuss yesterday.
Sorry for the vent.