Jane Bates

Confused woman taking a pill
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Why can't drug names be easy to pronounce?

A surprising answer leaves Jane Bates incredulous

lie detector
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Jane Bates: telling someone they can’t see well enough to drive is not my favourite task

I'm glad driver eyesight – or lack of it – is now being taken seriously by traffic police

Older woman with a hearing aid
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Jane Bates: Sound and vision can help with dementia

The sensory losses that can come with age have a big impact on mental health

A nurse typing on a computer keyboard
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Jane Bates: We can’t go digital without funding

Matt Hancock’s ambition to put technology at the heart of the NHS will require investment

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Jane Bates: Nanny knows best

Jane Bates argues the case for a bit more nannying

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Jane Bates: Skewed system lets bullying flourish

Two topical stories highlight flaws in the way the NHS deals with complaints against staff

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Jane Bates: A rude reminder of my student self

Jane Bates recalls a surprising use for the tough loo rolls of yesteryear

HbA1c blood test
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HbA1c: What's in a name? And how can I remember it?

Remembering the name of the diabetes blood test is a challenge, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: You should get that looked at…

Given how difficult it can be to see a GP, are people finding other routes to healthcare?

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Jane Bates: It's time to be pushy

After the pay debacle and with staffing in crisis, it’s time to be pushy, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: On the IT road to fairyland

Jane Bates fights back tears as she battles an NHS computer programme

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NHS terminology is a craft in itself

Patients are often confused by the language we use – and it’s no wonder, says Jane Bates

Confusing language
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Jane Bates: mind your language to avoid a 'right old stew'

Every language has an array of confusing phrases that are part of everyday speech and we must be mindful of this when talking to patients and colleagues, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Patients need to keep their cool

Jane Bates struggles with patients’ demands to keep the hospital cool during a heatwave

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I was trained to be hands off with patients but I think a hug might be the best medicine

Hugs between patients and staff can be a welcome part of the job, says Jane Bates

Looking for serial numbers
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Why broken down medical equipment is a serial problem for nurses

Locating the serial number to report a broken machine is impossible unless you contort

A pregnant healthcare worker
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Late shifts and long hours don’t say ‘antenatal care’ to me

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting time for NHS staff, says Jane Bates

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Fitted sheets on hospital beds have been a long time coming

What will we do without former icon of the profession, the hospital corner, asks Jane Bates