National Health in UK

I woke up on Saturday and decided to take myself to the emergency ward of the hospital in Cambridge.  It is called Addenbrooke’s and is a world renowned hospital. It is massive in size like a small city!

I was concerned that my left leg might have a blood clot. It seemed to match various symptoms I had and with all the flying I did it could be possible. I went to reception where an intern took my temperature, blood pressure and pulse within 5 minutes, they just wheeled a portable unit over to me.

Ten minutes later while I was still trying to get bottle of orange juice out of the vending machine, a greeter appeared and said they were taking me to an investigation unit for Thrombosis issues. I didn’t know if I should be scared or relieved! In a very short period of time a Doctor arrived and introduced herself. She had someone take 5 vials of blood from me and sent me for tea until blood work came back. That took one hour and they also did ultra sound on my leg. The results were no blood clot; maybe arthritis. My Mother developed arthritis very young so I wouldn’t be surprised. They are referring  me to a consultant to check.

With all the complaints in the UK about health care, I have to say the care, service, and information I received was just amazing. I was in and out in just over 2 hours and everyone I met was very pleasant and good at their job.

Emergency wards are never fun, but this was very impressive!  On the way home I listened to Stephen Hawking (who lives in Cambridge) and is a famous scientist with Lou Gehrig’s disease ‎ He was totally endorsing the NHS. Maybe Cambridge is just lucky to have just a brilliant hospital!

Thank you Addenbrooke’s!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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4 Responses to National Health in UK

  1. Marilyn says:

    Glad you don’t have a clot. Think we all could find flaws in universal health systems, but I for one is grateful for ours. Also happy to hear that the experience itself being there was not overwhelming.

  2. Denise Parsons says:

    Sending big angel hugs your way! You are truly blessed my friend. Love you and take care.

  3. Prue Chambers says:

    Thanks for this one Betty and very pleased that the NHS looked after you well. It doesn’t always work out like that! Please keep us informed of the final diagnosis and I hope that it is not more than arthritis! Meantime take care and don’t try and do too much; as we are aging steadily, life gets tougher, so look after yourself! Hope to see you again before too long, meantime love as always Prue >

  4. Kathy says:

    Betty, so relieved to hear that you are okay. Skype when you can. xoxoxo

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