In praise of the NHS

Regular readers will know that my daughter and I have had a tough couple of months, health-wise. My husband and my mum have been a great support. They have watched us suffering and they’ve been there to help. They think we have both been let down by the NHS. But I disagree.

Yes, we’ve been pushed from GP to one hospital department to another hospital department. Yes, I’ve had to chase up one or two things. But we haven’t had long waits and the NHS hasn’t let us down. We have had the care and attention we needed, when we needed it.

We have had so many appointments between us that I’m almost starting to forget, but this is what we’ve had so far this year:

My daughter:

  • Four GP’s appointments, one for constipation, two for the virus and bad foot and one for a nasty mole on her arm (which included an informal follow-up on the foot situation, which the GP genuinely cares about)
  • Four hospital appointments for the bad footthree paediatric and one orthopaedic

Me:

In addition, my eldest has had two GP’s appointments (and he hasn’t been to the doctor for about five years!) – one for his acne and one to get an EpiPen for his peanut allergy.

Over the last few weeks, I have averaged three doctor’s or hospital waiting rooms a week. It has made working very difficult (thank goodness I’m freelance) and has been at times very frustrating.

Between us, my family must have cost the NHS a small fortune over the last couple of months. I’ve got to the point where I apologise and say ‘sorry, it’s us again’ as I walk into the doctor’s surgery. But not once have I been made to feel uncomfortable, not once we been treated badly, not once have I been given the impression that the doctor wants to do anything but find out what’s wrong and how to make it better.

Although I am sick to death of the sight of waiting rooms (and if I never see another one again it will be too soon), I am so grateful that we have the NHS. I am so grateful for the help and support my daughter and I have been given over the last couple of months.

It’s not in my nature to write political posts, I feel I’m not well enough informed, but I have experienced the NHS for real over the last couple of months. I’ve seen a service which is clearly stretched, but it is doing its best for people in difficult circumstances. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are working long hours to help people get better, whether they’re dying or whether they’ve got rosacea or a mystery painful foot.

We are very lucky to have this service for free in this country and we should do all we can to protect it.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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21 Comments

  1. I know where you’re coming from. We were back and forth to the Drs that I wondered if we would get our own parking bay.

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    • It’s a nightmare, but sometimes it seems that it has to happen! Hoping we’re done with trips to the doctor for a while now.

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  2. Sooo true, despite it’s problems the NHS is fantastic and they do so much for people. I think some of us would be crippled financially if we had to pay for everything. I worry with all the talk of privatising it and “selling it off”. I hope it does survive.

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    • Too right! I can’t see it all being sold off, but it does seem like a few bits are getting siphoned off, which I’m sure can’t be a good thing.

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  3. I’m happy to hear that you’ve received excellent care from the NHS. My daughter has also been well taken care of by her uni GP recently and I think it’s important to share success stories when often all the NHS gets is negative press.

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    • That’s good to hear that your daughter has had a good experience at university. Would be a real worry for you if not. I’m really impressed with how much care and attention we’ve had over the last few months.

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  4. I completely agree. It’s when you live abroad for a while as well that you really realise what a great thing it is. The healthcare is great both here and in Denmark but you do pay for it with insurance…

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    • Eek! Can’t imagine what it would be like to have to pay for health care, it’s something we don’t consider. Reminds us what a great institution the NHS is.

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  5. Here here! I was so happy to be back under the NHS when we came back from the US. If you’re self employed in the US you pay an absolute fortune for private health care and are still petrified something may happen as the standard ones don’t cover all the costs.

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    • That sounds like a complete nightmare! The NHS must feel like a real safety net after that.

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  6. I hope you will all be back to good health very soon. I see how hard Dr B works and I support him 100%, so it is wonderful to have positive feedback x.

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so too!
      I’m sure Dr B works very hard, it amazes me how hard our GPs work and the long hours they have to put in. x

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  7. I completely agree – yes they make mistakes but where would we be without it! I so hope they do not privatise it 🙁

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    • Thanks very much for commenting. Let’s hope they don’t!

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  8. I can honestly say as a family we get our monies worth out of the NHS. We are so lucky to have this service for free. I agree whole heartily with you that the front line staff do a fantastic job. I do believe there are too many admin staff high up the rank who are paid far too much money compared to the hard working dedicated staff on the front line.

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    • That is very true! But there’s no doubt the doctors and nurses on the frontline do an incredible job.

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  9. If it wasn’t for the NHS I wouldn’t have lived past the age of 8. They have saved my life so many times. If I hadn’t been killed by Leukaemia or thyroid cancer, either the septicaemia, pyelonephritis (three times) retained placenta (twice) or HELLP Syndrome would have killed me. The NHS are amazing.

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    • Oh my goodness, I hadn’t even considered how many times they’d saved your life! There can be no better endorsement of the NHS. Thanks very much for commenting.

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  10. Oh I totally agree. It is one of those things that we totally take for granted I think. We all use and abuse it and you are right, in countries where you have to pay, you can’t even begin to imagine how much it would cost for the regular appointments and treatments, let alone anything long term

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    • Thanks very much. It doesn’t bear thinking about how much it would all cost. Thank goodness we have it!

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  11. Couldn’t agree more, we’ve had a nightmare couple of years health wise and everyone in the NHS has been great. We’re very lucky to have the NHS

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