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The NHS at work... [Nov. 25th, 2009|09:50 pm]
Douglas Spencer
In mid-August I visited Edinburgh, where I stepped off a kerb and knackered my knee. Since then, the NHS timetable has been as follows:

August 18th -- saw my doctor. Discussed knee. Sent for X-ray. X-ray taken.

August 26th -- saw my doctor. Discussed X-ray. Put on monster NSAIDs.

September 22nd -- saw my doctor. Taken off monster NSAIDS before they destroy my liver. Discussed knee. Sent for blood tests.

September 24th -- blood test taken. Await results.

October 8th -- saw my doctor. Discussed blood test results. Blood tests normal. Am told blood tests were nothing to do with knee trouble. Discussed knee more forcefully. Demanded referral.

November 5th -- saw a specialist. Discussed knee. Knee was actually examined. Discussed physiotherapy.

November 30th -- I am to see a physiotherapist.

More news later.

[User Picture]From: mashfanficchick
2009-11-25 11:30 pm (UTC)
For the record, since I just know people are going to complain that "this is what the US wants?!": the exact same thing happened to my mother this summer: she fell in (I think) July, and would still be undergoing wait-and-see treatment for cellulitis if she hadn't been hospitalized (read: dragged by me to the ER) for an allergic reaction to the doc's first-try antibiotic. Four months later, she still hasn't gotten the follow-ups she was supposed to. AND SHE PAYS ABOUT US$1,000 A MONTH FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.

All of that said, I do hope your knee feels better soon, and that you were/are able to articulate your needs until someone took them seriously. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you. :-)

Edited at 2009-11-25 11:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-25 11:54 pm (UTC)
If I'm to be absolutely fair, they're only like this for elective non-urgent stuff. In A+E (ER/trauma) and for acute patients, they're absolutely the best in the world... and the only thing I've paid for is about £8 for four week's supply of donkey-strength anti-inflamatories.
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