Richard Oliff: NHS may be free but has its limitations

The NHS may be free but has its limitations, says Richard
The NHS may be free but has its limitations, says Richard

Ican’t imagine what my various lifetime health treatments may have cost had I lived anywhere other than in the UK, or in a country without a national health service.

This thought occurred to me during the past couple of months while in the process of being examined and tested to determine my most recent diagnosis.

Firstly, I was off for my blood test at Corby’s Diagnostic Centre, followed closely by my chest X-Ray at the brilliant Corby Lakeside medical facility.

Then it was back to my doctor’s surgery for yet another electrocardiogram – or ECG with the same nurse who went on to fit me with a 24-hour heart monitor, give me a lung capacity breathing test, and administer my winter flu injection.

Then it was off to Kettering General Hospital for a full head scan via their new Toshiba Aquillon Prime which, incidentally was installed just over two years ago replacing their elderly 12-year old-machine.

It was at this point that I found that communication between the health service and me fell apart.

When I called to make a further appointment with my doctor to see if anything had been “found” as a result of my various examinations I was told by the receptionist that she could tell me.

She went on to give me a run-down of my results, in very basic terms, giving me the all-clear apart from a slight increase in cholesterol.
When I did get to see a doctor (not my own you understand) I was told that the information given by the receptionist was wrong, that the nurse giving me the lung test had been wrong and that I had been diagnosed with something rather serious.

I began to wonder if they would have given me this information had I not made this second appointment.

After finally being prescribed with an inhaler without any instruction whatsoever it would appear that there is nothing more to be said on the matter.