I see this is your first post, and the forum does take some getting used to, so prevail and try again to post what you wanted to say, please.
You have actually opened up a thread for me that I wanted to start so hope that you won't mind if I hijack it as I have been in contact with Admin. as I can't , for some reason, start a new topic.
Are you happy with your PNS or not?
My OH has now been in hospital for just over 2 weeks. There IS a PSN based at that hospital. The day after they were admitted I had reason to call the PSN at the clinic they attend to say that I could not discuss the tweaks in their medication, as arranged, as they were in hospital.I fully expected that they would contact our local PSN to tell them that my OH was in the local hospital.15 days and NO contact!!! Frankly, I am disgusted.
I suggested some time ago that our local PSN attend, maybe twice a year for an hour or so, our branch meetings to, informally address little concerns that did not require an appointment for a home visit, which, in my experience, with them being on leave, being at a conference, is usually 3 weeks or so later.
Further disgusted to have the PSN say that our meetings clashed with their clinic attendance AND, even more disgusted for the PSN to say that, the consultant wanted them to learn. Do they not have any training or expertise on their appointment, seems not??Now I do see the need for PSN's to sit on on appointments with those newly diagnosed and those who have a problem with their medication needing adjustment BUT, SITTING IN ON EVERY APPOINTMMENT?? why?
In the 20 years since diagnosis, we have rarely needed a PSN, and have not experienced this until recently,sitting in on every consultation.
I ask why PSN's are not out there, in the community, doing what I and others, expect of them??
Our local PSN has been in our area now for a year. Not one phone call in that time to see how OH is but they are full on when it comes to attending some of our fund raiisng events.
Maybe PUK can advise me of the job description of PSN's. Should they make contact with PWP in their area maybe twice a year and should they attend branch meetings at all?
If their remit is neither of the above, then or branch will seriously consider any further donations to extend the PSN's network.