Glasgow's Hospitals Big Communications Project ...

  Aitchbee 17:42 21 Sep 2011
Answered well underway. As an ex BT underground cable maintenence engineer, I was curious to find out what all of the duct-laying activities going on for the past year, was all about.I asked one of the workers, today, what it was they were doing. He said,"They were connecting all of the hospitals up".My local Doctor's surgery was also being connected, as I had to go down to make an appointment.They were fully booked.,so I said I would come back to make another appointment. My point is 'Do the Hospitals not talk to each other already?'

  wiz-king 18:01 21 Sep 2011

They cant even talk to themselves! It makes sense to have a private network to do this. BT charge quite a lot for private cables - that's if the ducts are not already full.

  Forum Editor 18:14 21 Sep 2011

'Do the Hospitals not talk to each other already?'

Yes, but this work sounds like it's designed to carry data cabling that will enable computer contact between hospitals and surgeries - everyone will be able to access everyone else's database information.

  Aitchbee 18:25 21 Sep 2011

wiz-king, it's not BT doing the ductlaying its a company called PMK Ltd. And they are doing a fine job. FE, I was thinking the same. I hope they have got the staff to handle the data,correctly.

  birdface 18:30 21 Sep 2011

Probably what it is as they are all connecting you should get a form in from the NHS asking you if it is ok to share your health details with others.

That is the point I don't like it means nurses in the doctors surgery or anywhere else can view your health records.

I suppose it is a good thing but if you have some things you want to keep private it will leave the door open for others to view your details.

You can of course opt out of it the choice is yours.

It takes about 10 days to a fortnight for me to get an appointment with my doctor.

The receptionist asks Witch doctor do you want to see.

And you would be as well seeing a Witch doctor as they have to be better than some of the ones we have.

  Aitchbee 18:38 21 Sep 2011

buteman - I could not get an appointment to see the practice nurse, today, for a yearly blood-pressure check, for over a week.I said I would get back to them in a couple of weeks.I was not miffed, as it wasn't an emergency.

  morddwyd 19:46 21 Sep 2011

I've posted this before, but the last time I had to ring NHS 24 about my wife they asked a few details such as post code, house number, DoB and within seconds had all her docs available to study.

They knew precise details of her disability, current ailments, medication, upcoming appointments etc.

More importantly, the ambulance crew had all relevant details available when they arrived (she also stayed on the phone with me until they did arrive, about twenty minutes. Very reassuring when you've got somebody lapsing into and out of unconsciousness at 1.30 in the morning).

When the system works, it works well.

  Aitchbee 20:21 21 Sep 2011

morddwyd, the Health Service in Scotland is getting it's act together.I can put up with a little teething problems.There are a lot of older and more infirm people about these days...I will be one of them, in the not too distant future.Good Health to you and your missus!

  Aitchbee 22:22 21 Sep 2011

I will be on the 'look-out' to see who are putting in the cables, and who are in charge of the installations. The vans usually display this information.

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