Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:22

NxStage training fouled up

Written by  Steve Bone
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Big surprise. Went into dialysis on Saturday expecting to start my training on the NxStage today, Wednesday, only to be told it had been cancelled. A new training date ‘offer’ of 18th July was given. After some digging and a few emails it transpired the Leicester renal management had entered into contractual discussions with Kimal, the uk partners for NxStage, and as a result had put everything on hold. But of course they failed to tell any of the nursing team in Peterborough, and least of all, me. Quite disgusting behaviour and typically public sector – careless.
A call to the Chief Exec’s office on Monday morning has now resulted in training starting next Monday with a trainer from the USA.
I took the opportunity to raise the issue of the dirty dialysis machines, the erratic supply of consumables such as plasters, sterile packs etc, the lack of sufficient bedside tables on which to place necessary equipment to get on to dialysis with and a few other areas of issue. A lax attitude by the managers is not acceptable.
With the public sector threatening to strike over pensions etc in the next couple of weeks, I can’t help thinking the whole malaise and attitude of the NHS and other public units will never change as there is poorly focused, non commercial management leading the way.
Pity really, there are some damned fine people amongst the dross, dealing with the mushroom management! Yes, you know, kept in the dark and crapped on occasionally!

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Steve Bone

Steve Bone

Hi, I'm Steve and have been a dialysis patient on some form of self-care or other since 1990. I've dialysed at home, abroad, in hospital, oh and had a transplant for 7 years. I work in the insurance industry for a City based business, but am very fortunate to be able to work from home 4 days a week. I hope, with my experiences, I can help others on dialysis or those facing dialysis in the future! It ain't so bad! Steve

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