Sunday, 31 August 2014

Deborah and Julie's Oman blog - entry 2

Julie and Huda
We spent the day at the Sultan Qaboos hospital today. The day began with numerous talks about the nursing directorate. Many of the problems are similar to those in the UK. Increasing demands and not enough in-patient beds. Met up with Huda who arranged our visit. Huda has done various programmes of study in the UK. We toured the hospital and everyone was very friendly and welcoming, we both got the impression they were very pleased to see two nursing visitors from the UK.

 We are due to give a formal presentation tomorrow which is basically saying how wonderful Hull, its hospitals and the faculty is. During our tour Huda kept reminding the ward managers about it, so goodness knows how many folks will turn up! Lots of overseas trained nurses on the wards and the nursing directorate has just a  few Omani members. The opportunity to study in the UK is only open to Omani nurses. During our tour we encountered many Omani nurses who had already been to the UK or other countries to study US, Australia and Wales.

It's not all work
Julie in the souk (market)

Big issue here with haematology problems and women turning up unannounced to give birth. I think they said eight deliveries in the ED within the last few weeks. Apparently mothers will travel from miles around to give birth as the hospital is seen as a centre of excellence. If a mother is in the early stages of labour they will turn her away and ask her to go to her booked hospital. Some though leave it too late or sit in the car park until they are fully dilated at which point they obviously can't turn them away! 

Deborah and Julie

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Deborah Julie's Oman blog - entry 1

Deborah Briggs and Julie Dimaline arrive in Oman:

Left for our trip to Oman early Friday morning, it took us well over twenty four hours to get here  due to a flight delay. Arrived 5 am ish Saturday morning desperate for some sleep,  although there was  a room booked  check in wasn't until 2pm. Barclaycard to the rescue though and we did manage to get some sleep. Today, Saturday is a free day to recover from the journey. We decided to go for a walk to the beach, got some strange looks from the locals, no other pedestrians out and about due to the heat. Walk soon abandoned. Tried out the pool at the hotel - managed half an hour!

Early start tomorrow we are being picked up by our driver at 7.30 for our first visit to the Sultan Quaboos Hospital. Not sure what to expect, other than the sun will obviously be shining and it will be too hot to walk anywhere!

Deborah and Julie

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Monday, 11 August 2014

Meet Dr Jeannette Roddy

We are pleased to share with you that Jeannette Roddy has passed her final PhD examination; her thesis was titled: 'A Client Informed View of Domestic Violence Counselling'
Jeannette Roddy

Friday, 1 August 2014

New publication on telehealth in the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing

Abstract: The management of long-term conditions such as chronic heart failure (CHF) will need to change due to a growing ageing population and the need to deliver health care within finite resources. Telehealth (or remote patient monitoring) is being introduced as a possible solution to meet these demands and has implications for the way nursing care is delivered and how services are reorganised. This paper guides nurses and their managers on how to meet the challenges of implementing a telehealth service for CHF management by exploring the possible barriers and pitfalls to its introduction, and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different nursing telehealth service models in use in the UK.