November 30th, 2010


Good old NHS

I don't often have to make use of the NHS, but I was up at my local hospital today and was impressed by the system. I've got plantar fasciitis at the moment (or sore feet in ordinary language) and they wanted to check it wasn't a symptom of a rheumatology problem.

So I have an appointment at 9:45, go in on time, have a discussion and examination with the doctor. Then get sent off for x-rays and blood tests. I only had to wait 15 minutes for the x-rays and they get sent immediately by computer to the doctor. Since there was about a 20 minute wait for blood tests and they have to be sent away for some uncommon tests, I'm going to do that first thing tomorrow morning when I know I'll be seen almost immediately.

I've another appointment in a month when all the blood tests will be back, although the doctor will call if there's anything serious beforehand in the tests or x-rays.

All in all a quick efficient service, with friendly staff at all stages, and all for free!