Sit and Wait……… and wait…………

My turn for the sit and wait clinic this morning.
Up early, we were outside the surgery before 8.30 and it was nice and quiet with only three people ahead of me in the queue.
I was told I could return around 9.45 and report to reception, then take a seat.
Not bad, thought I.
Pah! Joke.

We’d done the weekly wash regardless of the iffy weather, so took it up to the launderette in the interim. I also had the Pairs paperwork to drop in for Darts (names and entrance fees have to be in by Oct 30th), so killed two birds with one stone.
Knowing I was going to have quite a wait and no book to read, we went into the Co-Op and I bought a suduko book, making sure it was not the same one that Hubby already has.
Whilst in that queue, I noticed some promotional kiddies stuffed toys to collect which were quite cute.
They will also be the most expensive toys ever, especially if parents acquire the complete set of about 9.
Each costs £2 with 30 promotional stickers, and you get one sticker for every £5 spent.
So let’s see, 30 x £5 is £150, plus the £2, so £152 PER TOY, times 9 is £1368. Think I’ll pass, especially as the damn things only cost about a quid to produce anyway.

Hubby dropped me off at the surgery at 9.35, so I registered with reception and took a seat in a now packed surgery as close to the relevant waiting area as possible.
I should add here that I have been unable to make an appointment to see the doc as all appointments were booked and closed after the 2oth November, plus you can’t make one at the surgery anyway. My visit today was to follow up my hospital trip and GERD diagnosis.
I sat and waited, doing five suduko puzzles of varying difficulty.
I moved my position after an hour to one closer to the doctor’s office and waited, doing 3 more suduko, then picking up a magazine and reading readers real life stories.
I was eventually seen 2 hours and ten minutes after Hubby dropped me off by a very nice young doctor who at least didn’t rush me or make me feel I was wasting his time.
I explained about my trip to Grimsby and that I’d had a couple of acidic attacks since, so he’s suggested I keep taking the meds for 6 months and have a review after that, which suits me.
I also needed to arrange a bone density scan as my post cancer meds could affect them and I need to have them checked every couple of years, so that is also in hand now and I should get an appointment in the next few weeks.
Basically, I’ve lost the entire morning, so things are running late and I shall be playing catch up with my blog again.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Sit and Wait……… and wait…………

  1. Sadje says:

    It’s the same story al over! Doctors are busy people, while the patients are presumed to have all the time in the world to sit and wait at the clinics/ surgeries!

  2. My doctors’ staff are all very good about getting patients from the waiting room into the treatment room quickly. The problem is, that the patient can then sit in the treatment room for an hour or more before the doctor actually comes in. It’s just a little game they play to make you think you’re moving right along.

    • They do that on some hospitals. Hubby experienced it in Nottingham, having waited over an hour beyond his appointment time to be ushered into another waiting area where he waited yet another hour. We were on the verge of walking out when the unapologetic consultant called him in and said little more than ‘We can’t help you’ before being ushered out again.

    • One guy did get seen pretty sharpish though………. he was wheeled out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance!

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