In recent years, reality tv has taken over our soap schedules with insight into a whole variety of cultures and environments – from chicken shops through to the homes of ‘normal’ families watching tv.
Although we’ve been looking into maternity wards for a number of years in the programme. ‘One born every minute’, more recently we have been able to understand some of the challenges the NHS experience in the BBC2 series, ‘Hospital’.
The programme claims to deliver the story of the NHS in unprecedented times and although it certainly shines a light on the advancements in medical research and treatments, it also makes us believe that we may well be trying to solve mission impossible.
It is very easy to sit in a waiting room or in a long queue of other patients and feel like the NHS is failing us yet when you get an understanding of the day to day challenges and operations of our health services, it is much easier to realise we are trying to solve an impossible problem.
Whether it’s shortages in staff or resources, specific expertise or beds, the system is unable to cope with the strain we, as a nation are putting upon it. It’s easy to see that, put simply, there are too many people in poor health and without some form of magic solution – beit a money tree or a pot of qualified and available health professionals, there really isn’t a solution that actually solves the problem in its entirety.
It’s obvious to many that the NHS needs an overhaul and in doing so, it also needs to fundamentally change our own approach to our health and well being. Like many, here at Elephant, we believe that technology will play a pivotal role in that change but more important we realise that it must be used to innovate the use of information and empower a proactive self health approach to well being.
We’re always keen to hear the thoughts of others so if you have an opinion on the problems the NHS are facing, or the potential solutions then please do join in the discussion on facebook, linkedin or twitter @elephantkiosks.