The big issue raised by confusion over Pauline Cafferkey’s revived Ebola

At the end of last year, Scots nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, was treated in London for Ebola, after contracting it during her work with those dying from the virus in Sierra Leone.

Last Monday evening, Ms Cafferkey  went to the Out of Hours GP surgery at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital and, according to a statement given to the national press by someone either present or a manager who had been given the information by staff who were: ‘She wasn’t looking at all well. She was given a cup to vomit into before being given an anti-sickness injection and sent home’.

There is an issue about an apparent lack of time and care spent in trying to discover the cause of her evident unwellness – which ought to be the case with any unwell person.

The reason for this is that staff ‘didn’t know who they were treating’.

Presumably they will have asked for and been given her name – with her late night visit clearly on the record.

Entering a patient’s name into a digital electronic medical records system ought to be an automatic action in any treatment.

It looks as if,  half way through the first decade of the 21st century – and despite billions of money being spent by the NHS over twenty years on the development of just such a system of universally accessible medical records  – there is no such system.

 

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