So how did local NHS managers deal with this situation? They simply instructed the nurses only to visit patients with the most urgent needs at home. Everything else was put on hold. Flu vaccines, patient reviews and meetings all fell by the wayside in an attempt to fix the problem.
But Scotland is not alone in having a district nursing problem. In November 2019, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the national nursing charity covering all parts of the UK , except Scotland and which promotes the work of district nurses , published a report setting out the scale of the crisis in the profession in the other parts of the UK. This report sets out how rising demand for district nursing care has led to unmanageable caseloads, which in turn leads to poor working conditions and lack of training and development. End result? Increasing numbers of district nurses are leaving the profession, putting even more pressure on those who stay.
Use coconut oil, ghee (clarified butter) or leftover fat from pasture-raised meats for sautéing. Avoid heating olive oil and other oils – use them to flavor food after cooking. Choose oils high in monounsaturates and low in polyunsaturates. Avoid corn, canola and soy oils.
Challenge yourself. It may sound completely absurd, but try brushing your teeth with your opposite hand. Doing so will force you to think with a different part of your brain, helping to foster creative thinking. Within days, you’ll notice a cascade of new ideas that may just have you trying tofu next week, kickboxing next month or a half marathon by the end of the year!