On Sat, 11 Sep 2021 08:07:03 -0000 (UTC), Mike McMillan
Post by Mike McMillan
I have my ‘Two Years On’ follow-up appointment with the Oncology Dept. on
Wednesday; this is by tefeloan, but, they should have the results of last
week’s PSA blood extraction in front of them by then. I think I prefer a
phone consultation like this to having to troll down there, sit in a busy
waiting room then follow a nurse or assistant who guides me to a
consultation room where I wait for a 2 minute consultation, then troll home
again; the whole procedure takes well over two hours by this method too!
There are definite up sides to some aspects of the handling of medical
problems since this plague fell upon us and doubtless some changes will be
retained because they work better for everyone. Why it has taken quite so
long to realise herding lots of sick people into one badly ventilated room
is generally unhealthy, I don't know, but it is one of the reasons I have
avoided GP appointments when possible, for years.
My problem is, I never know if the thing I've been vaguely worrying about -
for which I might have made a non-urgent, longer consultation appointment
BC (before Covid) - should be regarded as 'urgent' or in need of referral.
My local surgery is now woefully short of actual doctors - all those I
actually liked and trusted retired before it started and it seems they have
failed to recruit any new ones.
The admin and nursing staff are mostly wonderful but I understand the nurse
practitioner I saw when I was ill recently, retired before I got better (I
don't think that was my fault).
For urgent appointments you have to be awake and lucid before 9am and spend
£1 or so in a phone queue. Call later and they will have run out of
call-back slots so you have to do it all again tomorrow. Gods help those
who are too ill to make a phone call.
I suppose I should try the NHS online thing again. I was put off, last time
I tried it - I had something new and painful going with one of my legs.
After answering a few questions I was told there was something wrong with
my heart and I should see my GP...
Happiness comes in through doors you didn't even know you'd left open.