Despite their many faults i am incredibly grateful to them; they saved my dads life from cancer and tryed their best to save my uncles before he went into remission and then they gave him the best care possible in his final weeks. forever grateful to them for this
thankfully i have very rarely had to use them myself except to get the odd antibioic or the like but whenever i have delt with them theyve been grate
I'm not sure my family would have been able to afford the continual treatment that we all get for various conditions (drugs to stop cancer recurring and a pacemaker to name just two within my family)
And I got treatment for my knee problem eventually. Waiting times are an issue, but my condition is low priority to be fair to them. It doesn't very rarely stops me from doing anything.
i think the NHS does an exceptional job (in general) of dealing with critical or life threatening illnesses
however there are some vital flaws, especially with care of the elderly (getting them out of hospital again) and with weekend care in A&E and a critical lack of funding for more complicated tests than a blood test or an x ray (all of which my family and i have experienced directly)
I am grateful to the NHS and my mental health team who thanks to their persistence and expertise helped me in reducing the severity of my symptoms and taught me to live with and manage my mental health problems in particular the psychosis side of things. When I first met my psychiatrist I was so ill I was unable to talk and described as mostly incoherent and catatonic. Now I pretty much have my life back, which is good.
I'm grateful to the NHS because it's been paying my wages for the last 8 months
In all seriousness, I think the vast majority of NHS staff are amazing but the organisation suffers from a chronic lack of resources required to provide the best patient care (trying to find an obs machine in my local hospital can at times be about as easy as finding a pulse on a patient in asystole, for example) particularly with relation to elderly medicine - there simply are not enough nurses on geriatrics wards to deal with the high number of dementia patients.
There is also a massive problem with public awareness of health issues, if the general public were better educated regarding their own health then the stress on the NHS would in my opinion be massively reduced.
Despite all this, I still think it's one of the best things about Britain.
The NHS is simply AWESOME because international students who are on tier 4 visas are entitled to NHS care. As an international student, I NEVER expected this to happen and always thought I would need to have some insurance from my home country.
So, thanks a lot NHS for being equal towards everyone
funny how people talk about the nhs as if its a person? sure most if not all individual workers provide the best care they can. that doesnt mean the system itself is completely flawed, especially compared to other european countries,
The problem is that for every few thousand successful treatments there'll be one person who didn't make it or had to wait a longer time. Same as the news, noone ever reports the millions of people who aren't made unemployed or aren't stabbed or whatever.
As for waiting times, if you're made to wait too long for surgery they pay for private treatment, as there's limits on how long you can wait.
Never had any bad experiences with the NHS. Only been to hospital once. I was playing football and the ball was kicked off my face. I was bleeding and bruised inside of my eyes and was temporarily blind in one eye. The doctors were friendly saw me right away and gave me some eye drop steroids to heal my eye.