“A few days ago, I had the opportunity to experience how the hard working and enthusiastic members of staff at the Acute Medical Care unit in Southmead Hospital are delivering an excellent service to the people of Bristol.

“Southmead Hospital played a factor in my treatment of cancer. Being able to be the other side was an experience that was very reassuring that the AMU continue to improve every day to better the quality of life of many people and we are in safe hands.”

— Thangam Debbonaire MP

This blog was written by Mustakbal, who is joining Thangam on work experience. Well done Mustakbal!

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP for Bristol West, met with staff at the AMU in Bristol. The tour of the unit and seeing the framework put in place by members of staff.

The visit really showed the passion the staff at AMU have for the treatment of patients. It was clearly obvious the staff were creative in their approach and make every effort to deliver the best service possible. We all should really appreciate the work of those wonderful people at Southmead Hospital are putting into their patients.

However, cuts to NHS are hindering the National Healthcare Service due to impact of the weaken power of the workforce in medical care in particular. The number of staff at AMU isn’t optimal and the staff at AMU are “juggling” with the needs of many patients with the staff currently they have got. Whilst seeking medics with the skills and ability to cope with the variation of treatments that are needed to be provided to patients is a challenge which was evident to Thangam. In addition, precisely speaking AMU are also seeking specific nurse training as Thangam saw the needs of patients of one ward to another can be significantly different. But recruiting has been indirectly impacted by the decision to leave Europe Union. It has most certainly caused uncertainty and it definitely apparent within AMU. We as a Labour Party are contributing and determined to arrange the policies and legislations that will be put in place for immigration and the ability for Europeans to still work in the UK for years to come.

Furthermore, a massive problem within the NHS is that people requiring medical attention are unfortunately some patients can be waiting considerably long in some cases. The pressure for patients to be sped up in the process of medical care has impacted on the staff at AMU. In Thangam’s opinion this is a very conflicting dilemma in terms of being able to take in and care for new patients but simultaneously ensuring the patients are getting enough medical attention for then to get to a point where they are safe to leave. The staff at AMU are doing exactly that. The numerous measures they put in place to produce excellent care is tremendous. Thangam was able to see some of the measures they put in place. For example, the AMU has delirium rooms which help patients who are suffering hallucinations and delusions and can been seen as relative small changes which are having a massive positive impact on patients.

The visit of Southmead’s AMU has really given Thangam a unique first-hand experience that allows your MP to fight for real the needs of the NHS. This insight really gives Thangam a sense of real responsibility to stand up for NHS due to well-run services like the AMU at Southmead Hospital given that exceptional care delivered to people.

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