Police Department Answering Machine
Here is the Nurse version. All said in a highly annoying customer service type generic computer generated North American accent. A voice that is just way too happy and joyful.
Thank you for calling Godhelpus Hospital. We are unable to answer the phone right now because management won't pay for a ward clerk and the horrifying low numbers of nurses have patients so sick that we cannot leave them to answer the phone. There is one working ward phone and it is a long way away from the patient area. Please select from one of the following options.
If you would like to complain about a nurse with 20 patients not giving your father one to one care or being there everytime he kicks off a slipper or needs the toilet Press One.
If you want to yell and say things to the nurses such as "I pay your wages with my taxes" whilst ignoring the fact that nurses also pay taxes and work a hell of a lot of unpaid hours which helps save the hospital money and they get the same level of care then Press 2 now.
If you want to call an ambulance to bring you into A&E to fix your sore toe and then scream at the short staffed a&e staff, all 3 of whom are working their tits off trying to save a 9 year old with multiple stab wounds and complain about "being made to wait by uncaring staff" Press 3.
If you want to disregard the laws and rules that forbid nursing staff to give information to anyone over the phone except designated next of kin and demand information about your friend and then accuse the nursing staff of being a bunch of worthless whores who want to withold information just to upset you off Press 4.
If you think that being someone's neighbour for 20 years, their brother, or their best friend automatically allows you to designate yourself the next of kin over the phone despite the fact that the patient's wife is the designated next of kin Press 5. And don't forget to call the nurses miserable cows from hell because they couldn't (for legal reasons and ehtical reasons) tell you the results of your mate's scan.
If you want to complain about the fact that there are never any nurses in sight except at the nurses station, and then complain about the fact that the one nurse to multiple patients with no ward clerk to help isn't always answering the phone quickly when you and everyone's else's relatives call Press 6. I can either be at the station answering hundreds of phones calls or chasing up info to answer your questions OR I can be down there with the patients.
If you want to call the nurses lazy and uncaring because your 102 year old grandmother had a massive stroke, is now unable to walk, talk, and swallow and has to go into a nursing home because she cannot be rehabilitated Press 7. Don't forget to remind us that if only we had bothered with her she would have recovered. We did bother.
If you want to ask questions we cannot possibly answer in an area as complex and chaotic as general medicine such as "when is the doctor coming to do his rounds" and "When will Gramps be discharged" and "When will he have his scan" Press 8.
If you think that nurses and doctors are immune to becoming ill, do not understand what it is like to have elderly relatives in and out of hospital, children with disabilities, spouses dying of cancer, cancer ourselves, etc etc and want to accuse us of not understanding the other side Press 9 now. Don't forget to call us lazy, uncaring, ignorant bitches.
If your best friend/brother/neighbour/inlaw etc is on the Hospital Board of directors and you want our names so that he can sort us out press 10.
If you want to threaten me with a lawsuit for not ignoring our other, sicker patients to be your relative's personal servant Press *1.
For all other queries, stay on the line. And be prepared to stay there for until flying cars and vacations to the moon are the norm ..
Yeah, they pretty much sums up the 45 minutes out of every hour I spend running to the ringing phone and getting pimped by family members. Maybe once in awhile we will get a polite genuine person asking a question.
Ahh I almost forgot.
If you are social services, pharmacy, the discharge managers, a person who carries a clipboard, a retired nurse who last worked in 1983 and wants to give us a talking to, a district nurse or ambulance liason don't press any buttons and don't stay on the line. Please hang up.
Thank you for calling Holyshit Ward at Godhelpus Hospital. Have a great day and enjoy your health care journey.