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Started by canadagoose, January 10, 2022, 03:58:18 PM
Quote from: canadagoose on January 10, 2022, 03:58:18 PMWhat have your experiences been like lately?
Quote from: Zetetic on January 10, 2022, 04:18:01 PMhttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48246/rabbits-and-fire
Quote from: Janie Jones on January 10, 2022, 05:26:30 PMAs other posters have noted in various threads, especially over on the Dead Soon boards, primary care in the UK is fucked because we don't have a salaried service. GPs, dentists, pharmacies and opticians are small to medium sized private businesses that hold a contract with the NHS - the NHS funds their premises, pays them to run clinics etc - but they are not really part of it. The NHS has to 'influence and persuade' these independent contractors to meet its targets on prevention stuff like bringing down BMI, monitoring blood pressure, smoking cessation, exercise etc. This usually means giving them fucktonnes more money.We also have the arcane system of GPs being the gatekeeper to secondary (basically, hospital or outpatient) care. You hear Americans talk about 'my gynaecologist', 'my gastroenterologist'? This means that when they have a health issue, they (subject to health insurance, of course) immediately refer themselves to the appropriate specialist. We can't do that. We have to wait for a GP who probably knows less about your ailment than you found out in an hour of googling, to refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on January 11, 2022, 09:07:03 PMWaiting till Friday evening and calling the out of hours service has worked in Scotland, pre Covid at least, seen at clinic very qyickly.
Quote from: Dr Rock on January 10, 2022, 04:48:52 PMSay it's an emergency. If it really isn't come up with an emergency to get your foot in the door about the real thing. Shouldn't have to do this of course.
QuoteIt was in a clinic waiting room: an old woman was telling me about her diseases. . . . The controversies of men, the hurricanes of history—in her eyes, trifles: her sickness alone prevailed over time and space. "I can't eat, I can't sleep, I'm afraid, there must be some pus here . . ." She began caressing her jaw with more interest than if the fate of the world depended on it. At first this excess of self-concern on the part of a decrepit crone left me torn between dread and disgust; then I left the clinic before it was my turn, determined to renounce my discomforts forever. . . .
Quote from: Twit 2 on January 11, 2022, 10:34:47 PMI went a bit mental last summer and needed to see GP, mental health team and pharmacy. Whole experience was ghastly and I was determined to not bother again. Just totally jaded and demoralised by the whole rotten charade. Next time my brain plays up I'm going with the noose. They lost a good customer!
Quote from: willbo on January 11, 2022, 10:59:25 PMI honestly feel like I've needed some kind of help, and some kind of medication, for years. I have really bad panic attacks when alone. But I can't face my GP. Not any doctor in particular, I just can't face going.
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