Hi Tracey, I know what you mean. First thing I want to make clear is I think the NHS is great and the following is not a complaint.
I sort of feel that the medics treat you as a slab of meat, they test you, they know what's wrong (well more or less) they look in the book and it says treat with x, y and z. They do just that and say "bye. Next please".
I think they are not trained in people skills, but I guess I'm OK with that. It takes years to train them to slice you open, or zap you with radiation, can we afford to then train them how to be nice to people, it might be another year in medical school and we need them on the front line right away. What if they failed the "be nice to people" module? Would we say they were unemployable, and waste all their other skills.
Can we really expect them to make an emotional connection to us? A good surgeon should be doing 100s of prostatectomies, if they connect with all their patients wouldn't they be emotionally drained by us (we are going through the worst experience of our life: they are just trying to earn enough to buy a better sports car than the other surgeons).
So sadly I don't think the NHS can help much on the emotional, mental health side. I guess that's why we are all on this forum trying to find someone who'll listen to us.
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