Writing

So here we are again. Curled up in a blanket late in a September evening – mind wandering, words spilling out of my fingers. There is something (known and well articulated by many better than me) cathartic about writing but I have found my written expression tempered in recent years by a whirling-dervish life. I…

UCLH News – Governor’s Involvement Article

I recently wrote an article for UCLH News about some of the things Governors have been up to for the last year, it’s short so there’s not so much detail but (given the number of people who find this blog by searching for UCLH Governors) I thought some might find it helpful/interesting.

A year and a half later

It’s a full year and a half since I last blogged here. Life has been eaten up, in a good way, by work, being a hospital governor at UCLH, and generally living. I’m going to keep the blog going because there’s some valuable and amusing insights here (and because people continue to view it on…

Family and friends

There’s a Maori proverb that goes: ” Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao, Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!” Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world, I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people! I *really* miss my…

Pondering…

It is well past my bed time and yet the urge to write pervades my attempts to sleep. It has been a long time since I wrote a proper post. Several times I have considered writing one of those “This is my last post” posts but I know, inevitably, I will be seized by the…

An open letter to Ocado

[Also sent to ocado@ocado.com] Dear Ocado, I’ve been a long-time and loyal customer of Ocado but I’m starting to wonder if it might be time to move to Waitrose Delivery. In the last 6 months we’ve had a few too many broken/squashed goods and far too many late deliveries without notice. The cake, however, has…

Critical Care at UCLH

I stood in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at University College London Hospital (UCLH) today, for Governor purposes by the grace of God, talking efficiency-savings and cuts with one of the brilliant staff there. In the midst of our talking it suddenly occurred to me that the acronyms we were bandying about would have completely…

Being a Hospital Governor

I was recently interviewed for the UCLH Trust’s quarterly newsletter to members and I thought people might be interested so here’s a copy of the interview, which you can also read in the newsletter itself here.

Foundation Trust

So in Wednesday’s edition of the Guv’nor chronicles you all found out I’d been elected a Governor of the University College of London Hospital (UCLH) National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust. Putting my experiences of the hospital to good use and helping improve the experience for other patients, as I like to put it. It’s…

Becoming a Hospital Governor

It’s a funny old life I lead. Are you settled? Then I’ll begin… In 2009 & 2010 I spent a lot of time visiting University College (of London) Hospital near where I lived. My most frequent visits were to the basement where they keep the physiotherapists and the gynaecology/endometriosis team. I don’t know what this…

Sandi Thom – Punkrocker #musicmonday

I wish I was a Punkrocker, by Sandi Thom, is a great song for lifting the mood and brightening the spirits. It never fails to make me smile and strikes me as the perfect antidote to back-to-work Monday.

Back-to-work Monday

Today I am back to work after 3 months recovery leave. I hope I never have to do that again. I am not a patient patient and the saving grace has been Mum & Dad here in the UK to stop me from going completely barmy in the process. I know the next few months…