Just when you thought it was hard enough to see a GP....

No idea what is going wrong with the NHS but something obviously is.
My daughter started getting cramps and throwing up. Called the surgery, nope, no appointments, doctor will phone.

Doctor phones two days later, oh, it's food poisoning (no-one else in the household has it). Just some advice.

5 days later, still the same so went to A&E. 13 hours wait and got to see someone. Tests shows she has pancreatitis. 3 days in a bed in the corridor before they could find her a bed. Now awaiting specialist treatment.

She only told us this today by email. Missus and I on the first available plane out (Friday) to go and see her.

This is sounding more like a 3rd world healthcare system.

Now to try and find a car rental that won't cost me an arm and a leg.

Best of to your daughter.
 

Diko

Old-Salt
Ear infection so called doctors at 08.35 appointment at 10.40 today. I was the only patient in the surgery. Nobody waiting when I got there and nobody came in when I was there. Location Derby.
 
Best of to your daughter.

She sat in a chair for over two days. Only sandwiches provided as hot meals only provided to those in beds. No-one could tell her when a bed would be available.
She discharged herself this morning and they are working on the test results to see what the problem is but they say it's not serious.
She also, miracle of miracles, had a face to face appointment with her GP this afternoon and treatment, mainly antibiotics and a high liquid diet, has been advised.

Thanks for your concern. We are now in UK and checking on her.
 

Forrest Gump

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I have to attend hospital on a regular basis unfortunately due to a little issue surrounding a transplant…the system is falling to pieces…some good posts here on nhs money gettin spent makkin lady Bois etc etc I hate going in and seeing them nurses on their chinstraps. Feel guilty when I bum a hot wet outta them.
 
I have to attend hospital on a regular basis unfortunately due to a little issue surrounding a transplant…the system is falling to pieces…some good posts here on nhs money gettin spent makkin lady Bois etc etc I hate going in and seeing them nurses on their chinstraps. Feel guilty when I bum a hot wet outta them.

Then take a flask, ya selfish g1t.
 

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Ear infection so called doctors at 08.35 appointment at 10.40 today. I was the only patient in the surgery. Nobody waiting when I got there and nobody came in when I was there. Location Derby.
But that is similar to my previous GP practice, but this was not down to no patients but the practice deciding they did not want patients in their waiting room so cut the number of appts and if you were lucky enough to get a face 2 face then you rocked up and straight in. Sounds good, looks good but is in fact a reduction in service, not an improvement.
 
Never heard of this selling of leave.

We were categorically told use it or lose it.

During the 2 years of covid we were monitored and if you didn't take a quarter of your leave per 3 months, you got an interview.
Prior to the introduction of the working time directive, in Customs investigation an average month was rated as 300 hours.
It goes without saying that as we had a national remit there was just a teeny problem with welfare, ie every hour that month over 300, you must take an hour off.
Except that in a double headed team of about 30, only 5 allowed off on any one day.
1993-1994 on a drugs target team l forwarded an entire years leave to the next year.
Wtd was literally a lifesaver, it was a cracking lifestyle though .
 

enpointe

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Even stranger if they're female but technically still correct!
it's an interestimg thig in Medicine but a 'Miss' as ina secialist qualified surgeon is likely to be given more prestige than 'mrs dr' - the informal way of referring to female half of the typicla 1960s -180s husaband wife GP practice ...
we joke with a ballet buddy of mine that she is Doctor Miss Doctor Miss C ( as she has both her FRCS and an PhD )
 

Mbongwe

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it's an interestimg thig in Medicine but a 'Miss' as ina secialist qualified surgeon is likely to be given more prestige than 'mrs dr' - the informal way of referring to female half of the typicla 1960s -180s husaband wife GP practice ...
we joke with a ballet buddy of mine that she is Doctor Miss Doctor Miss C ( as she has both her FRCS and an PhD )
How about trying that again in English? :clap:
 
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Hate to be a party pooper, but last Monday I called the surgery in the morning, GP rang at lunchtime to chat, called me for an appointment that afternoon, issued two prescriptions and asked for another gift of wee today. I delivered that this morning.

This afternoon the Lab Tech at the surgery ( yes I didn't know they had such things either!) called to say results were good, but it's gone to the hospital for final confirmation. He also started the call by asking how I was feeling today!

Can't fault that, at any level.

Out of curiosity, how do you talk to the receptionists, in terms of manner and tone?
 

rmn

LE
Well, landed back at Brize on Saturday. Monday afternoon got a call from my GP surgery in UK asking if I am back in the UK and would I be able to call in the surgery next week for my yearly check up - presumably cholesterol related! Oh, and I've got a dentist appointment next week too. How embarrasing. Now, do I eat or heat?
 

Blues&Twos

Clanker
I know two other (military) doctors who've committed suicide in the last 8 weeks
But I bet they were feckless millionaires, right? Isn’t that what we’re all agreeing?

Honestly, the worst part of this is that doctors disproportionately topping themselves has been a problem for YEARS. It’s not just a pandemic induced issue.
 
But I bet they were feckless millionaires, right? Isn’t that what we’re all agreeing?

Honestly, the worst part of this is that doctors disproportionately topping themselves has been a problem for YEARS. It’s not just a pandemic induced issue.

Where do the stats for this come from? (the table below is 7-8 yrs out of date, but implies that male doctors had a proportionally lower rate of suicide and that female nurses were a high risk group)


The causes of any suicide are something that society should be working to mitigate, but should not the statistics (*) be pointing us to the people that most need the help?



(*) I'm going to guess that some people will throw in a cost benefit analysis here, eg 1 doctor = 3 porters in terms of economic benefit to society.
 

GDog

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Where do the stats for this come from? (the table below is 7-8 yrs out of date, but implies that male doctors had a proportionally lower rate of suicide and that female nurses were a high risk group)


The causes of any suicide are something that society should be working to mitigate, but should not the statistics (*) be pointing us to the people that most need the help?



(*) I'm going to guess that some people will throw in a cost benefit analysis here, eg 1 doctor = 3 porters in terms of economic benefit to society.
I do recall seeing a program on Dr training showed 15-20 years ago where the students were given a depressing lecture on how they were 10x (or something similar) more likely to suffer divorce, alcoholism and suicide.

I've found a few reports on Google that state Drs are more prone to suicide at least, which is a global phenomenon and has been going on for decades.

I understand this is anecdotal (ish), but instinctively I'm not surprised - it is a job that puts you face to face with death, suffering and the futility of your own efforts on a regular basis. Add stressful working hours/patterns on top, then round it all off with the ability to write your own prescriptions/nick drugs.
 
I understand this is anecdotal (ish), but instinctively I'm not surprised - it is a job that puts you face to face with death, suffering and the futility of your own efforts on a regular basis. Add stressful working hours/patterns on top, then round it all off with the ability to write your own prescriptions/nick drugs.

My heart pumps purple píss. There are many people who can rightly claim to have very stressful jobs.

How does this improve the service from GPs? Or should everyone just adopt the attitude of awww poor lambs, don’t you worry we’ll just quietly die/suffer to avoid stressing you out.
 
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