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Hillingdon Hospital Nightmare #2
The FLCCC's friend and colleague, Dr. Jackie Stone, a South African early treatment warrior persecuted and punished by her Medical Board, sent us her Hillingdon Hospital story. It ain't good.
The below story was taken from an email she sent me and Paul Marik after she read our last post called “The Hillingdon Hospital Nightmare of Dr. Paul Marik.” Short, funny, and a bit less disturbing than Paul’s post - enjoy.
Oh my word. A blast from the past.
Flashbacks. That’s hilarious.
It’s the Hillingdon hospital near Heathrow.
I did 2 locums there (locums = temporary contracts which pay independant doctors to fill in gaps in hospital staff coverage).
The second was a 48 hr psychiatry senior house officer shift. The locum agency offered to pay me double the weekend rate to do a Saturday/Sunday 48 hour shift. I liked the lady who ran the show and she literally BEGGED me to do the job.
I was told by the psychiatry nurses after morning rounds that nothing was going on as everyone was stable (sedated in their rocking chairs) - so I went and helped out in the emergency room because I was bored.
I got into HUGE trouble for putting in a chest drain on a tension pneumothorax in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema)– although I had done an emergency room locum there before - I was apparently “acting out of my scope of practice” as a psychiatry senior house officer. (Fun fact: South African doctors are probably the most diversely skilled doctors in the world as their clinical training experiences places them into innumerable situations where they are granted premature autonomy and responsibility to meet the needs of patients without oversight or back-up. They are forced to learn tricks and procedures to keep patients alive in chaotic situations most Western trained doctors are never placed in).
Apparently I should have waited for the Cardio-Thoracic surgical team– who arrived 4 hours after the patient would have died and then bollocked me as I had sent the (now stable) patient to the regular hospital ward.
Then the cardio-thoracic fellow returned to casualty and asked me to teach him the Groote Schuur slip knot I used to secure the tube. Which he then presented as his own invention at a Cardio-Thoracic conference in Oxford.
While I was in the emergency room - a psychiatric patient who must have been overlooked in the morning sedative round, escaped his rocking chair and dismantled ALL of the beds in the ward with a butter knife and threw the pieces (bedframes, legs etc – out the 2nd story window – which somehow did not kill any passers-by).
The nurses finally worked out there was a problem at the 7pm handover as the other inmates were getting restless, having nowhere to sleep. Fortunately, he hadn’t thrown out the mattresses as they were those thick ones full of old springs that sag in the middle.
They called me to sedate all the people that didn’t want to sleep on a mattress on the floor while the fire brigade collected all the bits of bed.
Sadly they looked nothing like the Australian Firefighters calendar.
It was bizarre, surreal and hilariously funny.
I kid you not.
The Hillingdon was near Harefield hospital where they did all the transplants.
I wonder if Hillingdon was not the Organ Donor site.
Anyone who survived Hillingdon has my everlasting respect. That’s resilience.
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