Long ‘feeling sorry for myself’ rant. Just typing it has made me feel better, as it does on this forum
It’s driving me insane!
Southmead Hopsital Bristol that is - both before and after the merge with Frenchay. You can’t find anywhere to park much after 9am - they are still building the new hospital and ripping down the old one on the same site so less parking than before, when it was really bad. I spent over an hour not finding a space and had to cancel an appointment a few weeks ago.
Today I had an appointment in the shiney new Brunel Building. Very nice I’m sure. But there were a lot of people wandering around looking lost. Including the people I later learned were helpers there to guide us to where we needed to be.
This week is the first week outpatients clinics have been held in the new Brunel Building. So no one is quite sure where anything is. Or how to find out. Never mind work out how to use the software to dig out information so you can re-book your cancelled-10-minutes-before-it’s-appointed-time appointment. Just having the original letter with the details of your first physio appointment didn’t help!
Today’s appointment was to see the consultant about my newly damaged knee. We tried 3 different ‘gates’ before we got the right one. And then weren’t convinced! The hospital is based around an airport scheme - no signs to ‘Avon Orthopeadic Centre’, just scan your letter’s bar code, press a few buttons on the screen and it’ll tell you where to go. If you’re not too dazed by walking from the car park so you can’t see straight. I didn’t even see there were instructions! lol
I was so frustrated, I was in tears. Just like when I missed the physio appointment.
I hate Southmead hospital - Bring back Frenchay! At least I knew I could park close to the BrAMS centre for my MS appointments! Every time!!!
If I have to stagger about again, I think I will curl up under a bush and quietly wait to expire.
I’m back there on Thursday for the re-arranged physio. I am going to take the psycologically huge step of ‘giving in’, ‘being pathetic’ and generally not ‘pulling myself together’ and get a taxi. It’s a 10-15 minute drive. I’m a woman who expects to be expected to work things out and deal with things. I hate not being that person any more. I can’t sleep tonight.
Wish me luck guys and gals!