Missed session three of the health care Issue?

Have you missed session three because of school closures?

Never fear! Here are the main activities. It's not quite like being in the classroom with your friends, but it's a great opportunity to share your thoughts with the wider Burnet News Club. If you have someone else at home to discuss the activities with, please do!

We can't wait to see your comments underneath this post.


Activity 1.

The following people have all arrived at the doctors' surgery and would like to see the GP. You need to decide:

  1. The top three people to see first
  2. Three people who are the lowest priority
  3. One person who should go straight to A&E
  4. Anyone who you think should go somewhere else

Make sure to give good reasons for your decisions and leave your comments below.

S3 Scenario cards

Activity 2.

This activity needs some imagination! Pretend you are the Chief Executive (boss) of a local NHS trust, which looks after all the doctors' surgeries, hospitals and other heath care services in your area. Click through the PowerPoint, read, think and discuss. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

Comments (12)

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    24 Mar 2020

    I would choose the elderly person who needs a checkup, A family who has been vomiting for the past 24 hours and the homeless man who might have pneumonia. I chose the elderly person needing a check-up as it already cost eight times more to treat an 80-year-old (which is quite an old age) than it would cost to treat a 30-year-old. Therefore, they would be likely to have more health problems. In addition to my point made, it says that they are NEEDING a check-up, meaning that it is not an option whether to have it or not, but it is a thing that has to happen. Too many things happen at once, therefore, the GP should attend to the patient as soon as possible to diagnose and treat any illnesses they may have. I chose a family who has been vomiting for the past 24 hours, the should be treated briskly as their sickness may be contagious and as they are a family (more than one) since the reason for the vomiting is unknown, the doctors don't know how deadly it can be. Therefore to be on the safe side, they should be treated as soon as possible, as it could be contagious and the results could be fatal. I chose the homeless man who may have pneumonia as it may be life-threatening, therefore, it should be treated immediately. In addition to my point made, it could have been going on for a long time and if it persisting, then it is safe to go to the GP. However, it is an assumption and is not worthy enough to go to the A&E. But, nobody is sure for the cause of their problem so they must be near the front of the queue, so it will not spread. In conclusion, these are the people I think should be the top 3 of the waiting list.

    The three people I think have the lowest priority is the girl with acne, the person who needs a travel vaccination for their holiday next month and the adult with mild depression and anxiety. I chose the girl with acne as it is not urgent, it is part of the way your body grows and they will go away eventually. In addition to my point made, you can easily go to your local pharmacy and look for creams and oils to make the acne vanish, not to mention there are many tutorials and D.I.Y hacks on social media to make it disappear also. I chose the person who needs a travel vaccination for their holiday next month, as the holiday is not urgent and even now you wouldn't even be allowed to fly abroad, so it would be a waste of equipment. In addition to my point made, the GP may not have all the vaccines in stock at the moment, so if they were to have the most priority it would be a waste of time, for the people with critical and dangerous conditions. I chose the adult with mild depression and anxiety as the GP does not do treatments on mental illnesses and they should go somewhere else. In addition to my point made, it is only mild and not severe and their life is not in danger.

    I think the person who needs to go straight to A&E is the adult who thinks their child has swallowed cleaning products such as disinfectant and bleach. Bleach is a very toxic thing and should not be consumed as it can kill you. To get the unwanted thing out of your system, it would have to be surgically removed, which is something the GP cannot help with but the A&E can. In addition to my point given, the child's health may deteriorate as they wait in the waiting room as when a child swallows bleach (or any inedible thing in fact!) they would need medical attention, meaning that they should skip the GP and go straight to A&E.

    I think the middle-aged person who has alcohol abuse issues and is suffering a migraine, they should go to rehab to battle their addiction as they would just end up going back to their old and unhealthy lifestyle and the GP is not capable to stop that but a rehabilitation centre is. I also think the adult with mild depression and anxiety should go to a therapist to talk about their mental health issue instead of going to the GP where it would take quite a while to treat them as they have not studied the correct things not to mention the list of people waiting to get attended also. Therefore, I think it would be better and more logical to go to a therapist instead of the GP as it would have a better effect on their health.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 25 Mar 2020

      Thank you for such a detailed explanation! What do others think - should the elderly person get first priority?

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    2. Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
      memorable_orchard's comment 27 Mar 2020

      You said the elderly lady needing a checkup should be near the front, but I strongly disagree. Why should she go in front of the other elderly person who may have broken their hip? He must be in so much pain to think his hip might be broken. And while the elderly lady might have something harmful there is less chance for them than the person who may have broken their hip that there actually is something bad. It is better to put the elderly man in front of the elderly lady because there is a higher chance of them having a serious problem in need on urgent care.

      by @succinct__leaves

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        succinct_leaves's comment 27 Mar 2020

        However, the GP does not provide x-rays. Therefore he should go to another place to get an x-ray to see if he had broken his hip.

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        1. Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
          memorable_orchard's comment 27 Mar 2020

          But he doesn't have enough time you go to another hospital. If he arrived at a GP saying he may have broken his hip they wouldn't just say, "To get the checked out you need to go to an NHS hospital." They would do all they can until the person is able to go to the hospital and get it checked by an NHS worker, but for now they can ease the pain. They could just take the elderly person's word for it that he might have broken his hip, and not question him further or tell him that,"he can't have an x-ray so he has to go".

          by @succinct__leaves

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          1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
            succinct_leaves's comment 27 Mar 2020

            However, he could go to A&E. Though it says to choose one person to go straight to A&E. He is not going straight but he is going to the GP and as you said they'd recommend him to a national hospital. Therefore, he could have an x-ray at A&E and he could simply buy pain killers at his local pharmacy.

            Thank you for reading respectfully.
            memorable_orchard.

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      2. Halsnead logo amiable_panther | Halsnead Primary School
        succinct_leaves's comment 30 Mar 2020

        I agree, I think an elderly man with a broken hip is more important than an elderly lady that needs a check up.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_petal | Crampton Primary School
    29 Mar 2020

    i think the top 3 people that need help is:
    1. a homeless person that may suffer from pneumonia
    2. an elderly person who fell down a staircase and broke their hip bone
    3.a family who has been vomiting for 24 hours
    I think the homeless man with pneumonia should be treated first because if the homeless man does not be treated
    soon, he will die because the disease blocks your lung passage which can lead to mild breathing problems.I then
    think the elderly person who fell from a staircase because,they already struggle to walk and their bones don't grow
    as quick as when they were younger which means they won't be able to walk for months. I then think the family
    that has been vomiting for 24 hours because ,there is something really dangerous and the family may not know
    what to do.
    I think the last people who would need to be helped is:
    1. a teenager with acne
    2.a person who needs a travel vaccination in a month
    3.an elderly person needing a check up
    I think the teenager with acne should go last because an acne can't kill or anything like that, it just makes your face look not as smooth as before,acne is a natural thing so the teenager has nothing to worry about.I then think the person who needs travel vaccination in a month should be second to last because she still has 4 weeks to worry about her vaccine so she can collect the vaccine when the GP is less busy. I then think the elderly person that needs a check up because it is still important but it is not as important as some of the other things. I think the person who should go straight to A&E is the parent who thinks their child swallowed some cleaning products. I think this because cleaning products have some acids in it like bleach.I think the middle aged person should go somewhere else.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      inspired_petal's comment 30 Mar 2020

      A very detailed explanation, inspired_petal! Well done!

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    2. Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg unparalleled_writer | Streatham Wells Primary School A
      inspired_petal's comment 31 Mar 2020

      You said that the most important person is the homeless person who might have pneumonia,however, my reasons why they are not the most important follows. If they are homeless they might just be using the excuse that he has pneumonia to be warm and fed and also, a mild case of pneumonia is only as bad as the common cold.

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      1. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
        unparalleled_writer's comment 01 Apr 2020

        Yes but however this is a lung infection and the lungs are one of the most important organs as well as the heart and skin. And our lungs filter the air that we breath so if a person might think that they are suffering from pneumonia, then they might be at the edge of death. Not only this, it causes chest infection which leads to vomiting a lot just like the family who have a bug it can spread to people going to work which is more than a family. This person is homeless as well, so it is much more worse then to a normal person suffering from pneumonia, since they have a warm home but on the other hand a homeless person has to sleep on the street 24/7 until someone comes to give a home or help him/her.
        Thanks for reading
        -Willing_Flight

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