|The NHS at work...
||[Nov. 25th, 2009|09:50 pm]
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.
I had some fun and games getting my shoulder sorted out until I gave up on the NHS and went private.
The doctor did at least examine my shoulder at the start, prescribed NSAID's which didn't help. Examined it again, gave me a steroid injection (in the wrong place!!!). Third examination he gave me monster strength NSAIDS's and another steroid injection (in the wrong place also) which resulted in my passing out from him repeatedly trying to get the needle in the right place. Finally I demanded a referral to a specialist who took and x-ray and confirmed it wasn't arthritis and referred me to a physio.
When I had problems with my back a few years ago I went to the hospital in Ascot (it was a Sunday and I couldn't bend). The doctor at the hospital was lovely, examined my back and told me it was an aggravated disc that had most likely slipped and then slipped back. He also noticed the congenital defect I have and spotted that I had scoliosis, gave me pills and told me to go back to my GP in a week if it wasn't any better. I went to see my GP and without reading my notes, asking where in my back the pain was or even looking at my back diagnosed me with old age and obesity (I was at the time 25-26 and a good few stone lighter than I am now).