At the beginning of September, I had an accident with a stepladder in the garden and needed the help of the Scottish Ambulance Service and was admitted for six days to Edinburgh Royal.
As you leave the ward, having had your broken leg fixed, your precious baby delivered or having had the all clear from cancer, how do you show your thanks? The big Christmas tub of choccies, but what other options are there?
You give a tip in a restaurant not just for good service by the waiting staff but for the skill of the chef.
As your child finishes another happy term at school,you give the teacher wine, toiletries etc.
Where is the donation box at the hospital door or the poster telling you how to make a monthly donation?
With a statutory body, it doesn’t work like that. But you are still really grateful. Is there a way of giving anything other than a cheery ‘Thank you’as you leave the ward or outpatients department?
We have given fundraised cheques to the Friends of Sick Kids in the past in grateful thanks.
Is there a way to give a gratuity for your overwhelming appreciation that they have done a‘good job’fixing your leg, which will give added value, be effectively used?
I’m not a gambler but I wonder if‘giving’money to the Health Lottery, adds to the coffers of the NHS in an efficient way.
If you’ve had to use the NHS recently, you’ll probably agree that they do a good job but there is just not enough staff.
The poor souls are run off their feet, there are not enough cooling fans, working equipment etc.
We show our gratitude in other situations, how can we do this for our healthcare?