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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.

From: ladytg
2009-11-26 08:09 am (UTC)
This sounds all too familiar.

Unfortunately unless you
a) have all day to call and harass the doctors
b) have something interesting

The doctors can't push you through the system as fast as you'd like.

BUT if it's interfering with your work / ability to look after your self / home TELL THE DOCTOR. This wee factor pushes you through much faster than if you're curled up in agony just complaining of the pain.

Have they done the magical "tell you to loose weight" yet? This always comes up. Even I've had it (by a doctor who didn't even weigh me) and I'm still classed as under weight for my height.

Good luck!!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-26 09:09 am (UTC)
I've long since developed techniques to get on with things when the knee is being bad.

I predictied that the "lose weight" conversation would take place much earlier than it did -- in fact it happened on the third visit, somewhat defused by the fact that I knew more-or-less exactly what my weight was before he weighed me, and the fact that I know rather more about nutrition and how to cook than he does. And probably weigh an ounce or two less.
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