Health­care thanks

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Re­ceived by email.

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?

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