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When the NHS does things right, it does them right.
Today, I had an appointment at St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, about my right thumb, which has been both painful and often immobile.

My appointment was for 2:30. I left the hospital at 3:25.

During that time I had had a comprehensive and very friendly consultation. Two X-Rays. Another consultation, with the X-rays on screen. An injection into my wrist, of painkillers and steroids. Was fitted with a splinch so that my thumb and wrist can rest. Final consultation and instruction to make another appointment in three weeks.

Of course, right now my wrist hurts like hell, but that's expected.

I'm impressed.

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That is good service! I hope that they are able to do something for your thumb and wrist.

Yikes, that sounds horribly painful.

But I'm happy for you that you live in a civilized country with a proper health service for its people.

See my reply to mojave_wolf below.

In his circumstances, I think I would be far more resentful.

That is very efficient. Excellent.

So no handstands for the next 3 weeks I take it *smiles*, hope the wrist is better soon.

No handstands ever, given my figure (or lack of it!) I'll settle for being able to use a pen without pain.

Please quit trying to push your socialist propaganda, you evil commie.

You're just jealous you don't live in the US and don't have access to the best health care in the world, where you would have spent at least an hour longer and either been out over $1,000 (screw the euro! screw the pound! only dollars matter!) or could have-even better!- just paid a $400 deductible because of your $500 a month insurance. And for that, you would have gotten more or less the same treatment, except probably w/out the splinch and instead been told that you were some sort of hypochondriac who needs to quit taking away time the doctors and nurses could spend on serious matters. Instead, you were coddled for what you think is free but is actually paid for by a tax system that ultimately results in far fewer dollars spent on health care overall, because you ration your care and make people wait in long lines.


I, like most people in Europe, am very, very proud of our various healthcare systems, and the fact that I can use those various systems anywhere in the EU. There are many things I admire about the US, but its total lack of care for the citizens who have made it great and voted in its various governments makes me angry.

What it does to people like you I cannot think. If I could export it to you, believe me, I would.

P.S. When I posted this, it never occurred to me that I would be rubbing salt in the wounds of some people on my flist to can't afford proper healthcare for much more serious conditions. Sorry.

Edited at 2010-04-29 07:18 am (UTC)

huh wha?

If you mean me, hell no! I was just making fun of a certain type of person who makes up about a third of the population over here. I wasn't trying to be bitter or anything.

My bad, and I apologize to you if I came off that way. I gotta be more careful about my weird sense of humor.

If someone else in the thread felt bad cause of my comment, apology also, but no way should any sane human feel like you were rubbing salt in their wounds.

Anyway, I'm happy for you, and sometimes I just post weird things mocking people I think are idiots who are only tangential to the matter at hand, for the sheer glee of my particular mood of the moment. Other people sometimes find me hard to follow when my mind jumps around even in person, so I should be more careful about this online. And sorry myself if I bugged anyone else on your f-list; I haven't read the other comments yet so not sure.

No! You misunderstand me. I am furious that you and Sasha can't get all the treatment you need, and I didn't want you to think that we're smug over here about being able to get treatment from when we need it.


Don't forget our great infant mortality rates in the first world.


ps- am glad they fixed things properly, and hope your pain abates soon. The treatment sounds good but the problem sounds quite sucky.

It's either a form of tendonitis (or whatever they call it nowadays) or arthritis or a combination of both. The injections are, I quote "partly treatment, partly diagnositic."

The main difficulty is that it hurts to write with a pen!

A friend of mine has that really bad; the retired special forces guy I mentioned. It got so bad he couldn't sleep at night for the pain, but I think they finally have him on something that is working.

Hello! We were in the same building at the same time yesterday! I was there from 2:25-2:45, for an astonishingly quick appointment (scheduled for 2:35). I spent all of two minutes in radiology, handing over paperwork, so who knows? Perhaps we were even in the same room.

At 2:45 I was walking towards radiology with a request for X-ray clutched in my paw!

Then there's a very good chance indeed we were co-located, whether in the corridor or in radiology reception.

Bother and bother. I know what you look like (thanks to fjm and if I'd seen you...

Edited at 2010-04-29 03:03 pm (UTC)

I don't know about you, but I can't say I was paying any attention at all to my fellow patients while there.

You are quite right, of course.

i'm sure that nice David Cameron will put an end to this sort of thing.

You will, however, be able to build your own hospital.

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