If the NHS was a Food Outlet , what would it be ?


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When was the last time you went out for some food? Was it to a restaurant , a take away or just a bakers? The chances are that you entered into a contract with the provider of the food about what you would consume in exchange for a particular amount of money. It’s a standard transaction for a modern economy.

A few weeks ago I had a fantastic Chinese banquet. Choosing the banquet option meant that we had a bigger selection of things to choose from and savour, but this came at the price of committing to buying a bigger quantity of food than we would have consumed with a traditional three course meal.

The NHS National Health Service in the United Kingdom is in a state of transition, and has been for several years. Budgets are being adjusted ( usually downwards ) which means that there is less money to pay for as many things as before. There are increasing pressures on the remaining staff, and increasing expectation from the consumers of health care about what they choi,d be receiving.

Going back to the food model. I’d like to suggest that hospitals and many aspects of Secondary Care are like the a la carte restaurant – dishes are served up with a pre arranged price tag, except in the health scenario the customer is blissfully unaware of the cost of the item or the experience they are receiving.

General Practice , or family medicine, in the UK has more in common with the “eat as much as you like buffet”. Providing you can get through the front door, you can fill your boots with as much health advice and medication as you wish. I have enjoyed some really great buffets in my time, and some not so great ones. You generally get what you pay for – your expectation of the quality of the food inside is influenced by the expected financial cost.

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Steve Spangler – the Geeser with the Geysers ( mints in coke bottle chap) discusses youtube, what makes a viral video &analytical tools for Social Media


The blog is good ,links great & the podcast is worth listening to Steve Spangler Is the chap who came up with the idea of dropping a mint into a coke bottle to create a fountain. He trained as a science teacher , then started looking for other ways of making science fun & stimulating. He had approx 61 episodes on YouTube before the coke fountain experiment caught on and went viral.

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www.polkaspots.com/ Could this be the solution that brings wifi access into GP waiting rooms


Looking for a WiFi solution for your waiting room? then check out their site
http://polkaspots.com/

It Looks great – a cloud based management – self service of access to wifi and logs use from the public bit – stops dodgy stuff being downloaded

Looks like the single location option is free.

Includes features like timed vouchers to limit use of wifi

They sell base stations that are high powdered with 50m radius for £300

Looks very easy to set up and manage.

Can buy extra base stations to extend the range

Their website is very easy to follow to get all the info about how it works ,pricing and security.

Now all we need to do is to persuade the masters of NHS IT systems to let us plug it in …..

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