Its bizarre really as i went for my EEG on Monday in Glouceseter Royal Hospital, it was EMPTY, didnt even have to wait to have the test done lol, and said to the guy where is everyone…Thats second time now in a few weeks been there and it just doesnt seem busy hardly anyone walking about to be honest and the disabled bays were empty to park too.
Where it is busy is A&E. Over xmas 2 weeks nearly surgeries were closed on and off, people couldnt see doctors. You dont just stop being ill. The 111 service we had to use on Saturday 27th as I had awful pain over my right kidney and felt rotten and had burning urine. They eventually sorted me out with the doctor on duty at my local hospital Stroud who wanted me to come in but i cant drive, and my husband was unwell too with is COPD. So we got a sample sent to her and it was positive for UTI, so i was given antibiotics which a neighbour kindly want and collected for me.
I personally think that the medical surgeries should be manned 247 during the day regardless of holiday. They can supply a locom when they need to so why not on holidays. This would take the stress of A&E. I know several people who went to A&e FOR stomach viruses…whats the point.
Also i think its time the surgeries now were changed. The nurse who does bloods etc, I think should be trained to a certain level where they can deal with ear aches, colds, and coughs etc, and leave the other things for the doctors. The doctors are inundated with kids coughing, sore throats etc, when these can be easily seen by someone else.
Our practice is good actually well i have my MS nurse who deals with my bladder issues. We have an agreement if i think i have an infection i send the sample to her, and she gets me a prescription if it is positive.
I think A&E is so over run in the holiday with drunks and stuff that can be sorted via the pharmacy. I do think its time that people who go in their drunk should have to pay for their treatment.
I must say we had to use the 111 TWICE actually as i was throwing up after taking the tablets, and they were concerned but they sorted it all out for me and the doctor issued me different meds. I have nothing but praise for the way i was treated on the 27th and 28th to be honest.