Have you ever wondered why you can never get a doctor’s appointment and always have to wait two or three weeks unless you can manage to convince the receptionist that you are virtually at deaths door and are far too weak to make it to Accident and Emergency at the hospital without danger of collapsing in the street.
I have managed to drag myself kicking and screaming into the 20th Century and for those reading this who might question; surely you mean the 21st Century, I say one step at a time, however I have become used to ordering my prescriptions from the doctors on line and barring the fact that it takes them a week to have them ready, picking them up directly from the surgery is very convenient.
The problem arose this week when I went to order my prescription and it said I need to have a review of my medication before I can order again, which required me to phone the surgery to try to arrange a phone consultation due to the current Covid restrictions.
Luck I thought was with me when the receptionist said there was no need for that and she would consult a doctor who would ok the request and reset my online account so I could continue to order online, all well and good except late the following day it had still not been done.
Tomorrow being Friday I thought I would have to try to sort it today as if it still isn’t done by Friday we then get to the weekend where nothing is done and before long I have run out of pills, I don’t know if it’s just me that feels as if modern life is like pushing water uphill?
I did have better luck today as the person I spoke to said they would put this prescription request through and arrange a review of my medication with a doctor over the phone for future requests which I hope will go through and I will not run out of pills next week.
Now, you may think I have gone on a little with this post and taken my time getting to the point, I would suggest you read the first sentence again which explains the point of this post, why do you always have to wait two or three weeks before you can get to see the doctor.
At last I have the answer, all the doctors are far too busy seeing patients or phoning them at present, requesting “are you feeling well and do you need to continue with your current medication?”
“Well, surprise surprise doctor, yes I do need to continue with my medication it makes me feel well and alleviates all the symptoms I have without the pills.”
One is forced to wonder why they waste their time asking, for surely if the medication had ceased to work and you were feeling unwell or had new symptoms or were in pain you would have phoned the surgery to get an appointment, assuming the doctor wasn’t wasting all the available appointments asking people who feel perfectly well if they still need their medication.
Modern life, I ask you!