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#16 chelley

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:04 AM

Thanks for the support girls. I am sorry so many of us seem to have had bad experiences.

Monica that treatment was apalling. I am glad you spoke up and hopefully they will think before the speak and actually read up on patient history next time.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:35 AM

QUOTE(Thelma @ Aug 22 2012, 04:11 PM) View Post

You know, I actually didn't think they were even allowed to say anything. Their job is not diagnose, they're just the technician.


This is true. If you are not qualified to diagnose, you are not even allowed to comment!

I just finished a health course, that qualifies me to be an assistant to a health professional. It was drummed into us many times in training that we follow the health professionals instructions and if we notice something unusual we ask the patient for more info then pass it onto the health professional to assess and diagnose etc. we are not allowed to EVER give a patient an opinion. With perfectly good reason too - If you haven't been to medical school and studied neurology for x years, you DON'T have the knowledge to comment!

My SIL is a radiographer, so she is qualified to carry out X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs etc, but not to diagnose. So she carries out the tests and tells the patient/patients parents that the radiologist/specialist will contact them to discuss the results.

I think you should make a complaint to the neurosurgeon (if they are at the same hospital) or just hospital admin if it's a different one. They are breaking their code of conduct by making those comments, and it can put the hospital at risk of court action if the person gives "advice" that is outside the scope of their knowledge and position.

If nothing else, the person will hopefully be sent off to repeat that unit of training again so they don't do it again!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:40 AM

Chelley, that's crap treatment! Sometimes people just need to keep their mouths shut instead of babbling nonsense to fill the quiet.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE(BlueBug @ Aug 23 2012, 09:35 AM) View Post

This is true. If you are not qualified to diagnose, you are not even allowed to comment!

I just finished a health course, that qualifies me to be an assistant to a health professional. It was drummed into us many times in training that we follow the health professionals instructions and if we notice something unusual we ask the patient for more info then pass it onto the health professional to assess and diagnose etc. we are not allowed to EVER give a patient an opinion. With perfectly good reason too - If you haven't been to medical school and studied neurology for x years, you DON'T have the knowledge to comment!

My SIL is a radiographer, so she is qualified to carry out X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs etc, but not to diagnose. So she carries out the tests and tells the patient/patients parents that the radiologist/specialist will contact them to discuss the results.

I think you should make a complaint to the neurosurgeon (if they are at the same hospital) or just hospital admin if it's a different one. They are breaking their code of conduct by making those comments, and it can put the hospital at risk of court action if the person gives "advice" that is outside the scope of their knowledge and position.

If nothing else, the person will hopefully be sent off to repeat that unit of training again so they don't do it again!



Thanks for this I thought I was right in thinking they shouldn't comment. It wasn't at a hospital, it was at a private company which meant I paid more for her 'opinion' wink.gif
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