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I appreciate that the hospital is quite busy, and that sometimes appointment unexpectedly run over. It does irritate me however, when you turn up on time for an appointment, only to be told that the waiting time is going to be over an hour. As generally for the various clinics have all your notes on their files, including telephone numbers, why don't the call people beforehand and say "we are running a bit over, would you like to come half an hour later" or such like rather than make everybody sit around feeling pissed off :angry:

 

Orthopaedic department is always late. I had an appointment recently at 9.30 am and it was still over half an hour before I saw the consultant, I have spent 2 hours there before today. What is annoying too, you could try and watch the tele to kill time but they have the sound so low, you can't hear it, bit like the films on the Steam Packet ferries, o.k. to watch but don't expect to hear it as well.

 

I used to think the early appointments in the morning at the hospital, before 9.30 am was an advantage and spend less time there but it doesn't seem to make much difference now. That is annoying is I seem to spend ages waiting for the person with an appointment before me to come out, yet when I go in, I am out in 5 minutes or so, if everyone was like me, they wouldn't run late all the time.

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I had to take my wife (who is quite frail) to visit a specialist last week, waited 18 months for the apointment. After giving the nurse the appointment letter we waited and waited and after an hour and half had to bang on the door for attention. The nurse said she had called us 3 times. Rubbish, we might be getting on a bit but our hearing is Ok.

I was quite bemused, whilst waiting, observing staff walking around with clip boards or pieces of paper. No urgency. One young chap in a suit, very smartly dressed, seemed to be employed moving bin bags from one room to another. I could do that job. I think.

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my girlfriend had an apointment last week with a dental consultant, and was told that the delay was because the consultant had gone to a meeting about a new computer system. obviously he thinks computers are more important than his patients. we were offered another appointment if we didnt want to wait. no wonder the bloody waiting lists are so long

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My GP booked me in for an appointment with a specialist in September to determine how they're going to fix my back (or if I have to be a drug fiend forever) and I STILL have not heard from them yet.

 

It's not very nice being in pain 24/7 while you wait 4 months & counting for someone to have a look at what's wrong, never mind actually doing something. :(

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With 'Choose & Book' in the UK you can pick which hospital you want to go to and your GP makes the appointment with the relevant specialist whilst you wait. I don't know that you actually get seen any sooner but a least you leave the GP surgery knowing the appointment date rather than waiting months for the hospital to send you one. I suppose the same thing will happen on the island eventually but I guess over here it'll just be called 'Book'.

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My GP booked me in for an appointment with a specialist in September to determine how they're going to fix my back (or if I have to be a drug fiend forever) and I STILL have not heard from them yet.

 

It's not very nice being in pain 24/7 while you wait 4 months & counting for someone to have a look at what's wrong, never mind actually doing something. :(

 

I have only just received an appointment with a consultant from last September, so it has taken 5 months now, the same as you, in pain 24 hours a day, no joke like you say. The only reason I got this appointment now was, my gp started to chase them up a couple of weeks ago, seems the only way to get anywhere, by chasing them up all the time.

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Orthopaedic department is always late.

 

Not always. Today I took the bus to Nobles, and perforce arrived half an hour early. At the Trauma Clinic I was seen immediately (ie: thirty minutes early), and was dealt with and on my way before the time of my actual appointment. I told the porter who was wheeling me to the main entrance that I needed to find the time of the next bus, and he said: "There should be one there now". He raced me in the chair to the bus, which we reached just in time.

 

Fantastic service.

 

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Right

ECG this morning, less than 5 minutes wait.

Then to blood clinic, arrived 5 mins before offical opening time.

 

21 people in front.

Despite that out in 20 minutes.

 

Good show far as I'm concerned.

 

A comment or two.

 

Doctors yesterday , small waiting room packed. Half of which was due to people accompanying people with an appointment.

Whilst some may need accompanying - unsteady on feet etc. all the accompaniers do is clog up the waiting room - most didn't even go in to the docs with the patient.

 

DITTO Blood clinic.

 

FFS It's a medical facility not a fucking social event.

 

One more thing addressed to the young ginger girl with glasses in ECG ( patient )

When you cough, have the manners to put your fucking hand over your mouth and not spit your germs everywhere you rude, thoughtless, ignorant twat.

You did the same fucking thing in the blood clinic as well.

 

Here endeth the lesson

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I have to say that generally speaking I think they do a great job up there - most times I've had dealings with them they've been superb in most respects, and that's not an easy thing to do.

 

I'm a little disappointed at the length of time it's taking to get an appointment for my back though I must say. I know there are people with far worse ailments & illnesses than just being in pain all day, every day, but presumably the longer it waits the worse it will get and the more will need to be done to correct it (assuming it can be).

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Re your back mate,

I chased my back appointment via Docs yesterday.

The request to the consultant was made last April.

Doc has chased it up, phoned me back yesterday.

 

Apparently there's a wait of about a year so theoretically I should get something around April

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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Jesus HT Christ!!! A year - just to actually speak to someone who may possibly have a slightly better idea than the GP for maybe 10 minutes or so?

 

How does the logistics of that work out I wonder - are there really so many people in the same state, or do they only do like 1 appointment per day or something. FFS!

 

My GP reckoned when he requested the appointment in September that I might have to wait as long as November to get a date. So much for that.

 

Time to investigate private perhaps, otherwise I'll be way worse by the time I get seen and probably a smackhead too. :(

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Doubt it, ECG was perfect.

You might like being coughed over, fucked if I do.

 

One big problem though, it takes a parent like myself, to teach youngsters manners in the first place. My mother always told me, sneezing, coughing etc, to always put a hand over my mouth, I did the same with my children, sometimes it's not always clear when your a child to do things, just because Mum said so, better when explained why, like giving up your seat to an elderly person, even if they don't thank you for it.

 

What is instilled as a child from either parent, just follows on you do the same, somewhere along the way this is failing but although it did seem like nagging from my Mother at times, when I was only a child, I did exactly the same to mine when they were growing up. Basic manners cost nothing, it shows respect for others and does not create hardship.

 

Hospitals and Doctor's surgeries are bad enough for spreading germs but some can be avoided without any effort.

 

Hope some people take notice of what you are saying, not long ago, if I had done that and ignored my Mother, I would have got a quick swipe for obedience, even if you are good at ducking, you learnt to take notice, the message sank in eventually.

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