Oh go on, let me at ’em……………..

First and foremost it was up to the surgery for Hubby’s blood test this morning.
I went in with him because the nasty streak in me was hoping he would have a problem so that he could ring the head nurse at the hospital who would ‘sort them out’.
It was touch and go actually, but no intervention required (shucks).

Hubby’s instructions were to arrive between 8.30 and 9 am, but we got there at 8 am  when the doors open and having walked the dog first.
The queue was round the side of the building and we were still outside when they trooped into the lobby.
I suppose there were about 30 people in front of us, and just as we got to the head of the queue, the sign went up that anyone wanting to see a doctor would not be able to as the Sit and Wait clinic slots were all filled. The suggestion was to ring 111 (the alternative number to 999) or go the A&E department where they have an out of hours GP 24/7.
It was ten past eight.

Hubby went up to desk and smiled at the receptionist saying it was a good job he didn’t want to see a GP then. He explained about the hospital telling him to come to the surgery this morning and what for.
She took his details and started to shake her head. ‘There’s no record here, so we can’t…..’
Hubby stopped her in mid refusal sentence and told her who the head nurse had spoken to. He took out his INR record book and emphasised it was an emergency appointment that had been made, and wonder of wonders, she suddenly ‘found it’ on the screen. He had to wait a little while for the blood test and an INR was booked for 10.10, so he was quite happy to wait and I came home.
I had a call at half past 9 to pick him up as the INR staff know him pretty well now (it helps to give them cakes on their birthday, Easter Eggs or the chocolate Santas they’ll get on the 20th when he has another INR booked) so saw him early. They are working flat out according to their computer schedule, but three people were no shows. Now that I find annoying, inconsiderate and downright rude of people, which no doubt is a contributory factor as to why everything is such a shambles.

It would appear that there were only two doctors on duty today, and the HHA (Head Honcho Ass) is nowhere to be seen. Doctor Happy has been assigned to their sister surgery and is the only GP there, and the staff are taking flack from angry patients who cannot see a GP when they need to or even a Practice Nurse.
And do you remember the saga of our dentist?
Our appointments were cancelled as our lady dentist was leaving, they hadn’t managed to find a replacement and no-one was taking on her patients.
Turns out the dental practice is closing completely in February.
Unlike the doctor’s surgery, there are two alternatives in town, though both we believe are private. There is not a lot of money here as many of the population are working parents trying to make ends meet or the elderly who don’t drive anything other than a mobility scooter.  We’re glad we’re with our original practice now, even if it is in Boston.

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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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15 Responses to Oh go on, let me at ’em……………..

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Sure sounds like a mess! Terrible when you think we’re talking about people’s health here. And you’re right — people who just don’t show up for appointments drive me insane!!! So rude and inconsiderate. There is no excuse for that.

  2. colinandray says:

    One of the first things I noticed here are that medical and dental practices basically compete for business. i.e. If you don’t like one, you can select another. We do have to pay for services, but that is not usually a challenge as the government does cover all/part of many services, and private insurance pretty much covers the balance (and is not too expensive). Any residual costs are claimed as medical expenses at income tax time! I only know the NHS service levels up to 1975 (when I came here) … but I fell in love with Canada’s system immediately. 🙂

    • We are stuck with our doctor ( for the moment) as they are the only ones here and we are considered too fr away for two others. Dentist and Opticians we have several here, but are signed on with practices we know and who know us. Hubby and I wouldn’t mind paying for a consultation, but for us and our medical history now, insurance premiums would be over £120 pm for each of us, and we just don’t have that kind of money.
      Our NHS is in serious trouble and I think of the billions of wasted money that could be plowed into it rather than given away to countries that are actually better off than we are.

  3. Gone are the days of the family doctor we’re numbers on a chart

    • I know, and I hate it when they blame me for not complying ith their damn tick lists! As you say, we are just numbers on a chart, and the family GP is a thing of the past.

  4. This is in the USA??!! The next time one of the idiots in my family starts in about socialized medicine and how ‘much better we have it in America” I’m gonna quote you (without names obviously) and rip ’em a new one. That’s OBSCENE! :O !!

  5. scifihammy says:

    I simply cannot believe this! Queuing out the door and then turned away. It is so hard for those who are sick – how do you stand outside in the cold like that and then get more sick?
    I am glad your husband was seen promptly though.

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