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Decent doctor surgeries

Discussion in 'Lifestyle, Health & Diet' started by tek-monkey, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. proactive

    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    Well there you are then. Your problem is solved already. Why all the fuss? Oh yes, it's because your a massive wind up merchant, to put it very politely.

    Back to the original topic of this thread, if I was choosing a surgery in that area of town I'd go for SHWC because I know a couple of the doctors there and know the standards they set for the practice.
     
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    Mudgie Well-Known Forumite

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    I'm not a "merchant" of any description.
    "The fuss" was about NO SEATING and NO SHELTER for those - not myself because I can drive - who might need it.
    And, yes, we should get back to the original topic of this thread,
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    You mentioned the Eccleshall bus, so I assumed you were from Eccleshall as there are buses to holmcroft from town much more regularly and buses up the stone road about every 15 minutes.
     
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    I rarely use buses and wasn't aware that "there are buses to holmcroft from town" still.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I don't use them either, but one frequently comes past the end of my street and I'm told it originates from the train station.
     
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    Mudgie Well-Known Forumite

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    Okay, thanks.
    It's over forty years since I've been on a bus in Stafford and I'm not sure if my bus pass from next April will tempt me onto them.
     
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    The number 8 runs up the Stone Road and starts from Gaol Square. It is every 15 minutes during the day and the last one is 18.38.

    There's also the 101 that starts at the station and runs through town. They're about every 30 minutes during the day and the last one is 21.10 at the moment.

    There's plenty of space on the buses at the moment so taking a folding camping chair, a garden umbrella, sandals, bbq and a patio heater shouldn't be a problem.

    I think the Eccleshall bus is about every hour and run by D&G and you can catch it from Chell Road but best check to make sure.
     
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    If people aren't allowed to use the chairs in the surgery why would they need to sanitise them?

    The staff in the surgery are there for medical roles not to go around sanitising furniture that isn't supposed to be in use?
     
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    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Well you've changed the original message so I can't reply to that claptrap, but it was along the lines of people who don't drive having to wait outside, we'll heres the news, people who don't drive are already used to waiting around or trudging around in the rain, sleet, snow, wind or heat, take it from someone who did it for years before I learnt to drive. If you are too ill to attend a Dr's appointment under the current rules then you should possibly be at the hospital!

    However, moving on, putting 2 chairs outside will encourage people to sit next to each other, the 2 meter rule is still in place after all, and who would be responsible for sanitising them in between patients? Not the normal staff, its not their job, they are already at heightened risk. Even in my place of work we now have a 'sanitiser', her only job being to keep everything that can be touched sanitised.

    Are you living in the real world at all?
     
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    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    @tek-monkey most people that I know that use SH&W say its great with no problems. I think most places now have appointment problems, it seems the norm everywhere.
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    There was a time when Telephone Sanitiser was a surreal job title.
     
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    But at my appointment in April I was sat on a chair, the nurse taking a blood sample was sat on a chair and those weren't the only two chairs in use.
     
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    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    The deciding factor will be that D&G will be the cheapest option in this case, I'm sure.
     
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    "Claptrap" or not, I haven't changed my original message, the one at 8.10pm yesterday, in which I stated "On turning up there's an instruction on the door to wait in your car or wait outside, and outside means with NO SEATING for those of us no longer much good on our feet and NO SHELTER such that in a howling gale we might catch our death of cold".
    Yes, "people who don't drive are already used to waiting around or trudging around in the rain, sleet, snow, wind or heat" but anyone providing a service, whether doctor's surgery, bus company or public house, has a duty to properly look after their patients, passengers or customers.
    Many people are well enough to attend a doctor's appointment but not well enough to wait standing outside braving the elements.
    The hospital would actually have been more convenient for me.
    Two chairs outside the surgery's front door would be properly distanced if one was either side of it.
    With reading some of the comments on here I am indeed doubting if I'm living in the real world.
    Now can we please get back to comparing and recommending various surgeries ?
     
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    And the D&G runs much nearer Holmcroft Surgery than the Stone Road buses.
     
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    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    I have today successfully reestablished the hearing in my left ear - after a fortnight.

    When I first arrived in Stafford, in the mid-70s, I registered at Weeping Cross, when it was still in the garden on Stockton Lane.

    Eventually, they opened the Beaconside surgery and noticed my more northerly location, moving me there - this suited me at the time, as Weeping Cross had become rather less patient-friendly, I felt.

    For the first few years, Beaconside was great - very efficient - but then it seemed to get less so on each of my rare visits.

    I only attend about every five years and 80% of those are for this ear situation. It has been taking longer and longer to get the necessary prescription each time, and has been close to an A&E situation a couple of times.

    When I investigated Beaconside's current appointments situation, I was initially very happy to see that they now like to resolve as many treatments as possible via a telephone consultation. This sounded great, it's all I've ever really needed, but the inevitable wait to go through the following face-to-face conversation has been getting longer and longer each time.

    My ear's infected and blocked.
    Is it the same as last time?
    Yes.
    Did the treatment last time work OK?
    Yes.
    Shall we do that again?
    Yes.
    Tap, tap, tap - click.

    Unfortunately, my happiness was short-lived. As, in order to get as far as a telephone consultation, you have to be lucky enough to win the daily phone lottery. If you fail to win, you get another chance the next day - ad infinitum...

    I assume they rely on you adopting a Plan B scenario, and eventually dumping the situation on some innocent person in A&E.

    However, as this has been brewing for years, I have a Plan C. Some time ago, I obtained a stash of the necessary medication, prescription only in the UK, from another jurisdiction, where it is not subject to the closed-shop arrangements we have here. Infection quashed quickly and I've successfully removed most of the accumulated debris over the last few days.

    I found a few "reviews" online and I am not alone, it seems.

    I don't really have a GP.
     
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    Proactive,
    The point I was making was echoed in a letter published in this week's Stafford Newsletter.
    Barbara Cashmore of great Bridgeford writes "if you arrive by taxi or are are within walking distance and you have no car to sit in there is no provision of an awning should it rain and no chairs to sit on for the very elderly, disabled or mothers with babies"
     
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    There is no such thing as bad weather....
     
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    Alfred Wainwright said that “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing" but I don't trust anyone whose preferred tipple is a pot of tea.
     

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