Well Done The NHS

Why is it that as soon as you have made an appointment to see a doctor, you always feel better? It’s the same with a toothache, which almost always disappears the second you sit down in the dentist’s chair.

After feeling ill for the best part of a week, I finally arranged a telephone consultation with my GP (General Practitioner) this morning. But when I got out of bed, I felt 75% better. By the time she phoned, I was feeling like a fraud.

However, after listening to my previous symptoms, and taking my age into account, she arranged for me to go into the surgery to have a blood test. That went off smoothly, and I was also given sample pots to bring home, with the advice to return them by 2pm today so they would go off to the laboratory on time.

I did as she asked, and went back with the samples later, sealed in their bags. Another reason to be pleased that our GP Surgery is only 2.5 miles away, less than six minutes by car.

Now I have to wait for the results to come back. I will be advised by phone or text if I need to go back and see her, or if I have nothing to worry about.

Some people complain about our NHS (National Health Service) all the time, but I think that was great service from our doctor. And it’s worth noting that as I had paid my National Insurance contributuions during my working life, it was all completely free of charge too.

51 thoughts on “Well Done The NHS

  1. That was a great service! The ‘latest and greatest’ over here is Telehealth, which is a Zoom with your doctor, and can include nurses and other principals. So, all involved can be together, and no one has to drive anywhere. Hopefully the blood tests results are all good.

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  2. I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better, but it never hurts to do a thorough check-up!

    Speaking of things that work well, did I miss an update of your driver’s license? That’s one thing that didn’t seem to work so well!

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      1. Wow, that’s crazy! And yes, I found your comment and many other legitimate ones in the trash! 😦 Sorry about that! I’m going to stop using the trash keyword discussion setting as it casts too wide a net no matter how narrow the list of words. I’ll just stick with sorting through spam everyday as fewer legitimate comments end up there! 🙂

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    1. I didn’t take the blood samples home, I took home sample pots for a urine test sample and stool sample, to return them later that day. I didn’t want to stay at the doctor’s to wait until I could give those samples. I should have explained that better. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. He picks them up from every medical location in the area, stores them in a fridge in his van, then takes them to Norwich Hospital Pathology Department. It would be funny if someone stole his fridge one day. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We get great service from the NHS in Norfolk, John. It was good in London too, though the huge inner-city population did mean longer delays in getting appointments. It is not a flawless system by any means, but so much better than so many in other countries.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Not sure if my previous comments went through…(another unexpected change) It’s good to get tests run occasionally but I’m glad you feel better and hope improvement continues.

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  4. It’s never a bad thing to get some tests run, even if you do feel better (that is just Sod’s law, of course). Hope it all goes well.

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  5. I hope you are informed if the tests are negative, Pete: very often, I find that I don’t hear anything after a test which, although it presumably means there isn’t a result to be concerned about, still leaves an element of doubt. I don’t know if that’s down to shortage of funds, but privatisation is definitely not the way forward IMHO. Cheers, Jon.

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