Kate Granger – #hellomynameis at CMFT

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Kate GrangerIf you’ve been following medical social media recently then you’ve probably already come across a campaign set up by Kate Granger on the simple, but essential matter of introductions.

Kate is a doctor and terminally ill cancer patient who runs a blog that helps clinicians and patients understand the experience of life, death, medicine and cancer. She’s really quite inspirational, in part because she asks difficult questions of the medical profession and our relationships with patients.

Following a recent bout of sepsis in hospital she observed that staff did not introduce themselves to her. It’s such a simple, quick but essential thing to do for our patients and it’s something we support here at CMFT. The blog post has engaged clinicians & managers across the world and it’s worth a read. As she puts it on her blog…..

“Hello. My name is Dr Kate Granger. I’m one of the senior doctors who will be looking after you on the ward while you’re with us. How are you feeling today?”

We should all copy Kate’s example…..

2 thoughts on “Kate Granger – #hellomynameis at CMFT

    Helen Murphy, genetics department CMFT said:
    October 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I totally agree, I spent half a day phoning around for a junior doctor in order to respond to their request for urgent advice. Unfortunately the details of the answerphone message I was responding to only included a first name and an incorrect bleep number. Switchboard had no idea and I phoned several wards before finding the right person to speak to. I know we are all busy but someone’s haste may mean more work for the next person. If the full name and designation had been given, my task would have been completed in minutes.

      Simon Carley responded:
      November 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Good point, names are essential to help keep track of clinical information and the flow of clinical information between specialities. In your case a small change would have made a significant difference.

      Thanks for the comments.


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