Thursday, March 29, 2007


Beauty awoke this morning at 3:25am and is now exploring computer safety with Dongle on the computer, showing my computer ignorance I Googled dongle and found this.
Very clever!
On Monday I stopped by the Doctors surgery to make an appointment for one of my daughters but was told that I could not have an appointment for her until the third week of April! For the last year my Doctors have been using a system whereby you phone at 8am and try and get a place that morning to see the Doctor, if it is non-urgent and you fail to get a place then you have to phone back the next day but if it is urgent then they will fit you in somewhere. In the last year I have NEVER made a morning appointment because I see those as being for more important or urgent things. I have only needed antibiotics once and I was lucky enough to have an appointment anyway. I feel incredibly guilty going to the Doctors as they are so busy and usually my appointment is medication related so I try to keep the appointment as short as possible, the appointments are in 10 minute slots but I try to be out of there as quickly as possible.
My daughter's appointment would also be a short one, we need some information and possible referral but the quandary is do you wait nearly a month for an appointment or go in the more urgent cases in the morning?
If private health care did not exist then the NHS would go in to meltdown as it would not be able to cope with everybody but if you go for the private option then you are made to feel that you are queue jumping in some way or causing trouble.
I don't have spare money for private health care and any money I might spend on it would have to come from non-essentials such as food and clothing but if I had to spend the money I would find it.
Twice I have used private health care and each case resulted in the need for an operation but I want to add that in no way did I queue jump, as a Nurse I personally could not have done that. If any of my children needed an operation and I felt that the wait on the NHS was too long and by waiting it would cause them stress or concern then I would re-mortgage my house to pay for it.

1 comment:

Steve said...

When it's your kids any kind of principle or adherence to "the rules" quite rightly goes out of the window... what kind of parent wouldn't move heaven and earth to see them safe and well?




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