Spare a thought for NHS staff at Christmas

Dorset Echo: ON DUTY: Dr Fred Cartwright, right, and staff at DCH A&E ON DUTY: Dr Fred Cartwright, right, and staff at DCH A&E

WHEN people all over Dorset sit down to enjoy their turkey in the company of loved ones this Christmas, they may want to take a minute to think of those having to spend the day at work.

Staff at Dorset County Hospital’s emergency department are used to spending their holidays with colleagues rather than loved ones.

Emergency department consultant Doctor Fred Cartwright will be working overnight on Christmas Eve into the early hours of Christmas Day.

He said he was used to working on Christmas Day and other public holidays and in many ways approached them just as any other shift.

Dr Cartwright said: “It’s like working any other day, except you do get the odd seasonal related problems like people cutting themselves while trying to carve the turkey and stuff related to celebrations and over indulging.

“Then we also get the range of normal emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, asthma, bronchitis and all the usual things that we get.”

He added that the closure of other services and people being away from home without access to their local GPs meant they did tend to see an increase of ‘walk-in wounded’ over the festive period.

The lack of support services such as social care and a feeling of isolation felt by those on their own over Christmas sometimes also resulted in an increase in issues such as self-harm and suicide.

Dr Cartwright said staff do a good job of keeping morale up over the Christmas period and together make it an enjoyable place to come and work.

He said: “Everyone is fine because we know somebody has to do the Christmas shift so everybody turns up and we make the best of it. I don’t mind working Christmas at all.”

Dr Cartwright will also be working on New Year’s Eve.

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1:01pm Mon 23 Dec 13

shy talk says...

It’s not just the NHS working over Christmas. Spare a thought for all the others working, be it close to home, in distance lands and at sea separated from their families.
It’s not just the NHS working over Christmas. Spare a thought for all the others working, be it close to home, in distance lands and at sea separated from their families. shy talk

3:07pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Dan44444 says...

Are the emergency department the only people working this Christmas then? Bad journalism from the echo once again!!!!
Are the emergency department the only people working this Christmas then? Bad journalism from the echo once again!!!! Dan44444

4:09pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Hippyhooker says...

Yes, forget the millions of others working on Christmas day and just concentrate on one group of workers.
Yes, forget the millions of others working on Christmas day and just concentrate on one group of workers. Hippyhooker

5:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

JACKC says...

If you lot had read the first sentence correctly you would see it said "..take a minute to think of those having to spend the day at work" I'm sure everyone with a bit of nounce would KNOW that other services work too..... just so happens they took a picture in A&E, probably unable to give everyone a personal mention.
If you lot had read the first sentence correctly you would see it said "..take a minute to think of those having to spend the day at work" I'm sure everyone with a bit of nounce would KNOW that other services work too..... just so happens they took a picture in A&E, probably unable to give everyone a personal mention. JACKC

5:41pm Mon 23 Dec 13

jmc1 says...

JACKC wrote:
If you lot had read the first sentence correctly you would see it said "..take a minute to think of those having to spend the day at work" I'm sure everyone with a bit of nounce would KNOW that other services work too..... just so happens they took a picture in A&E, probably unable to give everyone a personal mention.
Yep just like the firefighters but only at certain times.
What are they striking for this time,not more money is it,as if they don't get paid enough now.
[quote][p][bold]JACKC[/bold] wrote: If you lot had read the first sentence correctly you would see it said "..take a minute to think of those having to spend the day at work" I'm sure everyone with a bit of nounce would KNOW that other services work too..... just so happens they took a picture in A&E, probably unable to give everyone a personal mention.[/p][/quote]Yep just like the firefighters but only at certain times. What are they striking for this time,not more money is it,as if they don't get paid enough now. jmc1

10:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

woodsedge says...

What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well.
What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well. woodsedge

9:38am Sat 28 Dec 13

gooner2 says...

My wife and I are having Christmas dinner today as we have both been working, caring for the elderly that cannot look after themselves. Every year it is the same, only the NHS get mentioned, whilst they do a good job remember the rest of us who sacrifice Christmas as. Also same with petrol prices and shortages always the NHS that are disadvantaged are not the rest of us?
My wife and I are having Christmas dinner today as we have both been working, caring for the elderly that cannot look after themselves. Every year it is the same, only the NHS get mentioned, whilst they do a good job remember the rest of us who sacrifice Christmas as. Also same with petrol prices and shortages always the NHS that are disadvantaged are not the rest of us? gooner2

10:13am Sat 28 Dec 13

cj07589 says...

Thanks to all NHS employees! All your hard work is greatly appreciated belated Christmas and New Year wishes!
Thanks to all NHS employees! All your hard work is greatly appreciated belated Christmas and New Year wishes! cj07589

6:04pm Sat 28 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

I did spare a thought,
They chose to do the job and were fully aware of the hours when they sighned the contract.

If they are not happy with the conditions,hours or pay,they can leave.
Pathetic!!

What next when you walk in there,will we have one of them walking around with a collection tin,oh sorry they already have those in the car park.!!!
I did spare a thought, They chose to do the job and were fully aware of the hours when they sighned the contract. If they are not happy with the conditions,hours or pay,they can leave. Pathetic!! What next when you walk in there,will we have one of them walking around with a collection tin,oh sorry they already have those in the car park.!!! westbaywonder

8:10pm Sat 28 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

woodsedge wrote:
What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well.
My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Woodsedge. Sincerely.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well.[/p][/quote]My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Woodsedge. Sincerely. JamesYoung

9:18pm Sat 28 Dec 13

woodsedge says...

JamesYoung wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well.
My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Woodsedge. Sincerely.
Thanks James and all the best for 2014.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: What a load of Grinch's we have on this forum! The trouble with the NHS knockers is that you will not appreciate what you have until the politicians squeeze the life out of it. I have had excellent care from DCH deciding I needed my operation at the end of November, right up to my operation on 23 December. The care and empathy I have received from admin staff, the consultant, anaesthetist, nurses etc. has been first class. And don't start the old chestnut about other workers having to work over the festive period as I have equal sympathy for those people as well.[/p][/quote]My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Woodsedge. Sincerely.[/p][/quote]Thanks James and all the best for 2014. woodsedge

9:08am Sun 29 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

"Yeah Thanks James"," ok woodsie". LOL
"Yeah Thanks James"," ok woodsie". LOL westbaywonder

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