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November 28th, 2007
12:13 pm

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I need to make a nurses appointment followed by a doctors appointment on the same day. However, the nurses appointments book up a week in advance, and the doctors appointments only become available at 48 hours notice.

So I have a nurses appointment for next Tuesday (at 2.20), and strict instructions to phone the surgery as soon as they open on Friday. I can't do this. I'm ill. I am a bear of too little brain already. I'm only trying to do what their doctor told me to do in the first place.

Meh. Out of cake error.

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From:zebbiejohnson
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Can you delegate to someone else?
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From:atreic
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure... my husband has enough on his plate at the moment, and I'm not sure if you have to make your own appointments.

I kind of hoped whinging on LJ would help me remember :)
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From:emperor
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Do you want my first-thing-in-the-morning grunt on Friday to try and sound like "phone the **** doctor"? :-)

Love you!
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From:atreic
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes, but there's a panto rehersal Thursday night, so that's quite a long distance grunt...
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From:emperor
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Clearly the answer is for you to come home and sleep with me :-)
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From:deborah_c
Date:November 28th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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And that will help her be awake first thing in the morning?
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From:atreic
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. I am not sure I want to go all guns blazing on this one. For a start, there is only one day I can conveniently work from home next week (which is the one the nurses appointment is now on) and the practise is suffering a bit because the nurses' mother is terminally ill. So there are a huge pile of miserable frustrated people not able to get nurses appointments, and I don't really want to make it worse. I did gently hassle, but I hit the "It's my computer system, it's not me, I can't do it, and we don't do that" wall, and lost all energy. I'll phone Friday morning, it should be fine.
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From:atreic
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
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This is the Middlemarch cold. I have had two sets of antibiotics, three different types of ear drops, and two ear syringing appointments. I am just ill enough that Life Is Hard, but not really ill enough to hide in bed.

Oh, and I'm amusingly deaf.

I think I stand as much of a chance at remembering to phone them as anyone else, it is just such a daft system...
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From:emperor
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
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FTR, I think that you should actually spend some time hiding in bed.
From:yrieithydd
Date:November 28th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Ditto -- you'll get better more quickly. I know it's often against the work culture and maybe I'm just a wimp, but you're taking your germs to work and that could make other people ill. I seem to recall beckyc ranting about people who brought their colds to work and made her really really ill.

Your doctor's surgery is also completely broken. Various doctors' surgeries had that rule because of the government's target of being able to make an appointment within 48 hrs if necessary. This was pointed out to Tony Blair and he said `that's stupid' and told them to change it because that wasn't the intention at all. Remind me which department you work in?

If necessary take this up with your MP (nearly said or AM then remembered you're in another country). It's not how the system is supposed to work. A few times recently, I've made my next appointment before leaving the surgery after the last one. (which reminds me I should think about the next one as I didn't do that last time and I've only got a fortnight's worth of pills left). Of course, what it might be is that they have a system whereby they keep a certain number of appointments each day for booking within 48hrs and all the others are booked up already, but that would surprise me (and in which case they ought to be able to make an exception, but possibly have a policy of not doing).
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From:piqueen
Date:November 28th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
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I took a day off to go to the doctor and feel sorry for myself when I got the "deaf cold" that's going around. It's horrid isn't it. I couldn't hear properly for nearly 2 weeks.
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From:wellinghall
Date:November 28th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh noes!

*hugs better*
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From:robert_jones
Date:November 28th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Doctors' appointments seem to be, in general, harder to arrange than they ought to be considering that they are nearly always being made by ill people. It surely ought to be possible, if the doctor says to you, "Make this appointment", to make the appointment there and then.

Get well soon. Then get more cake.
From:mtbc100
Date:November 29th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
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Mmm. OSU is such a fuss with our medical stuff. They're slow and bureaucratic and error-prone and you can never bloody park anywhere near where you're meant to go and it's all very confusing. You really need to be quite well to deal with them. If you're ill then in the end you can't take it any more and you discharge yourself against medical advice.

OTOH they do have the shiny machines that go 'ping'.
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From:countess_rezia
Date:November 29th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
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We can all remind you on Thursday night. Or on Fri morn by text if needs be.

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