The National Health Service - Thanks For Making Me Sick!

Over the last 60 years or so the National Health Service in Britain has been something we Brits have been really proud of. When I was a kid I remember Doctor Bruce cycling up to our house even on the weekends to see if we were okay, and check out our health. We never called the Doctor out, he just came as he saw it as his duty to look after his patients.

Over the years the village Doctor mentality came and went, until one day the GPs suddenly decided that it was a business to be a local Doctor and as for the patients, well they came second. But I hadn't realised how bad the NHS had become until this week. Even a few years ago if you phoned the Doctor and said can you come out to see us they would just get in their car and be up at the house within 20 minutes or so. Now its become a sham.

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Pain In The Stomach

It started with a pain low down in my stomach. It didn't hurt that badly to start with, and knowing my history with kidney problems, I had a kidney op a few years ago, I realised that it must be a water infection. This went of gradually but then the pain became worse. And this was when the whole malarky started.

My friend phoned the Doctor. Please come out as she can't get down to the surgery as she is in too much pain, my friend said. Did he come out? Did he heck! He phoned back, asked me a few questions and diagnosed me over the phone. It must be a water infection, here, take the antibiotics and you will be fine.

So I started taking them. But the pain got worse. By the next morning it was so bad my brother called an Ambulance. I was in agony with stomach cramps on my lower stomach. Instead of the Ambulance turning up, a young paramedic came out for an hour checking my stats.

I was nearly screaming in pain, but all she was concerned with was my birthday, how long had I lived at this address and so on. At the end she said she would either call the Doctor out...! Or call for the Ambulance. I didn't know what was best. I was in pain but which one would be quicker?

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Hospital? More Like Piccadilly Central!

In the end I opted for an Ambulance. They take you to hospital, look after you, and make you better, right? Wrong!

The Ambulance came, and instead of putting me in a chair to carry me down the stairs, I had to walk. If that wasn't bad enough when I got into the Ambulance they stuck me in a chair with a seat belt right over the pain! Then it took half hour to get to the hospital. By this time I was in more agony but was glad to get there. Or so I thought.

On entering the hospital, they pushed me in a wheelchair, we went through corridors and wards with tons of people in them. Every bed was full even Accident and Emergency. Then came the unbelievable part. Instead of putting me in a bed they pushed me out to A and E to sit with approx. One hundred people with silly problems like a twisted ankle, cut finger and people coughing all over the place!

By this time I was nearly fainting. The pain was abominable. My brother went to the desk and asked to see a nurse quickly. Anybody could see that I was in agony compared to small wounds that others had. But guess what? I was told the wait was over three hours!

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Fissure in Ano mine was much bigger approx three inches

Passing Out

I was nearly screaming by this time. My brother was getting in a state of panic because nobody and I mean nobody was taking any notice. There were kids screaming, people coughing, and others pushing my chair as they walked past.

After an hour of my brother arguing with them, a doctor came out and said, 'You had better take her home as she is in so much pain and get the local doctor out'!

So he got me a taxi and took me home. By this time I had fallen into an exhausted slumber. I remember going upstairs and falling into bed. Then he phoned the local doctor. Sorry he said, I won't be able to get there until four in the morning as I am so busy! Evidently there is only one doctor on call for the whole of Buckinghamshire which is a huge county!

By this time my ex partner had taken over. He started yelling down the phone at the doctor. By then I had passed out from pain. Eventually the Doctor came out at three in the morning. He examined me, stomach first, internally and everywhere else too.

It was found that I had internal bleeding inside the colon. Somehow I had split the lower colon probably through excessive exercise. The stomach contractions were a typical sign of this. The doctor said it was probably one of the most painful injuries that you can have! No shit sherlock!

I refused to go back to the hospital, so the Doctor gave me internal medicine, tables and stuff to take before I go to the toilet to stop it hurting. The technical term is called Fissure in Ano. This is usually just on the outside of the back passage. Its a small cut that is very painful. Mine on the other hand was a large tear inside my back passage, and yes there was blood. Sorry just telling the truth here.

The outcome is that now I am slightly better, but there is still a dull ache in my lower stomach that hurts like hell when I lift anything.

As for the National Health Service, well they can go to hell. It was like being in a fourth world country, yes fourth world! The doctor said it was really dangerous as I could have had really bad internal bleeding.

So thanks to the first doctor who diagnosed me. Thanks to the paramedic who stuck me in a chair. Thanks to the hospital, if you can call it that, who stuck me on a hard chair for three hours with screaming kids, and broken fingers. And last but not least, thanks to the doctor who took over eight hours to get to me.

Whoever said the NHS was going to pot? Yes it is, and it disgusts me.

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Hospital Closures Facts

My local hospital closed down the A and E department. And so did the other nearest hospital. Thanks to the government the hospitals are now over crowded, not enough nurses and full of incompetant staff.

The majority of nurses are employed from third world countries where their training is competely different to ours. Only last week a nurse was found to have taped a pacifier to a newborn baby who had breathing difficulties. Says it all doesn't it?

Good old England.

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow! I actually read your hub twice, I had to read it to Dave also. We will never complain about our health care system again. Well, I can't say never, more like, maybe never.

I am so glad you are feeling better. I thought exercise was supposed to be beneficial, not life threatening! You need to tone it down a bit woman! I felt your pain and agony via your story. Wow! Get well soon!


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Nell I am so sorry you've had to go through all this!! It's absolutely critical that something be done about health care - both in your country and in mine. I get furious every time I experience our modern emergency ward! All those mums & dads in with their children who have runny noses are cramming up an already under-staffed system. There should be rules about just what is an emergency and what isn't.

I do hope you are completely well soon and so glad you could write about it - you tell them Nell!!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wow! That sends a chill down my spine. Nell, I don't even have medical coverage. If I get ill I have no idea what is going to happen to me, but I sure as hell it's something better than what happened to you. What a horrible experience. I hope you are doing better now. Blessings to you my friend.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Nell,

As a nurse, I am just so sorry and sad about every moment of pain and anguish you had to suffer at the hands of a system that is clearly out of control. Thank goodness you had your brother and ex-partner to act as your advocate.

My thoughts are with you as you take some time to rest and recoup.


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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine

Nell, how horrible. I'd like to say it's better here in the US, but not where we are! DH had a similar experience that nearly killed him in 2010. He had sepsis and a toxic bile leak that filled his entire body cavity with bile (very caustic, like acid) and the ER drugged him up, kicked us out, see your GP on Monday. This was on a Friday night. They KNEW he had leaking bile from a botched surgery (which they did) but honestly I think they just didn't want him dying in their ER. Long story short I finally got him to a competing hospital that didn't want him either (we have 'good' insurance or so we're led to believe) and after four months, five surgeries, and hundreds of thousands of dollars he recovered, against all odds. We lost everything financially and still couldn't pay the full bill, so after selling everything we had and cleaning out our bank accounts we had to file for bankruptcy. Happens all the time here.

Something is terribly wrong. Ordinary people no longer matter. If you aren't fabulously wealthy it's as if they literally don't care if we die. That's not just wrong, it's evil.


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stephhicks68 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

How absolutely horrifying - on so many levels. We have similar problems here in the US when it comes to medical care/attention/apparent lack of care.

I hope you are doing better. What a scary thing to go through while feeling absolutely invisible. I am sorry you had to endure such insensitivity. Gosh, what is the world coming to? :(


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

Nell Rose, I am so sorry this all happened. It sounds like a few of our Veteran's Adminstration Hospitals here in the US, but also a couple of for-profit hospitals. I am led to wrtie about a bad experience in one of them and will link over to yours,if you don't mind so more people will see what is happening with NHS in your county. I am appalled and hope you recover fully.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OH Nell! OMG...Oh me oh my...oh dear! I feel so badly that you had to go through such a nightmare...and such awful pain.

This could have been so much more serious....I'm glad you are feeling better!

You have shocked me too, because I was under the impression that your Health Care System was quite wonderful......Guess I was really wrong.

Take care....poor Nell!....UP+++


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cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

I feel like where ever I go, the health care is terrible. Probably because you have to take away the "care" then take away the "health". It leaves you with nothing and that empty feeling is our bank balance :(

I think the world we live in is changing rapidly.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

What a horrifying experience, Nell! I can't imagine going through all that in a country that supposedly has a good health care system. I'm so sorry you had to go through so much pain and suffering, and I do hope that you're doing better!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Our dear Rose! What an awful time. If it had been appendix you would have probably died! I bet you felt like it anyway though. Our ERs are really bad too but if you go in an ambulance you go right in for attention, well in a cubicle anyway. We have no doctors to visit homes to my knowledge. That would be nice and sounds safest for you! I hope you will recover completely. Do a search for some natural things to help you out, medicines rarely do the trick as well.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Omg Nell, I was reading this and cringing. Seriously, I can't believe you went through all of that and are Ok. I am thinking of you tonight and sending you prayers from good old USA (New York!!).


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

I'm so sorry to hear about you medical nightmare. Unfortunately, it's not just a British thing.

Many years ago, a friend of my parents went in for a very routine surgery. The anesthetist was daydreaming about driving his Mercedes, and did not notice that the oxygen tube had slipped out of his patient's mouth. She died from his gross negligence.

Iatrogenic (physician and nurse-caused) illness is a major cause of death in the USA. It's a much bigger problem than murder. Other examples:

•Drug interactions, because the doctor was too lazy to check which other meds his patient was taking.

•Wrong dosage, because the doctor was too 'busy' to write legibly.

•Operating on the wrong body part, because of a mix-up in the charts.

•And last but not least, school shootings that result from adolescent and young adult males going postal, because of antidepressants that are inappropriately prescribed for them.

I hope that you're feeling better soon.

Voted up and shared.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Now this is a great message for all to use the A and E responsibly. Too many go in for the tiniest of flus. I think the department should have someone standing by to usher these patients to the right places...they stand in the way of someone who is really in pain and in need! Thanks for sharing!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

And we citizens of the US think our health care system is bad! What a terrible ordeal for you to have gone through. Do hope you are feeling OK by now.


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Hannah Ercolini 3 years ago

Interesting views of how different countries health systems work. Hope your feelings better!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Glad you are OK. What is the point in having doctors and hospitals when you cannot get aid when you need it the most. Take care.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a horrifying experience to go through, it could have been something more serious. To go through that much pain and no hope of getting some relief is shocking. I knew it was bad when I was still living there but it sounds as though it has gotten a whole lot worse.

Back in the 90's they ONLY time a GP visited our home was when I blasted him over the phone for perscribing my son with medication that he KNEW my son's kidneys reacted badly to. Boy was I mad and you must be feeling just as mad right now.

It's about time A & E looked at their systems and evaluated the seriousness of patients conditions and stream lined them to serious and not so serious areas.

I do hope you are at least feeling comfortable now.


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healthtips7 3 years ago from Singapore

Hopefully you get well soon, nice sharing. I think each country has different standard and procedure, though they always claim that they use international standard.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

This was quite an eye opener. I just assumed the health care was adequate in your country. Thanks for sharing this information. We all have mixed feelings about healthcare and solutions. medical care has gotten so out of bounds in the price department. So the solution..lets all try to stay as healthy as we can. Excellent!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Nell, I am so sorry you had this horrible experience. I can't imagine having to go throught all that. I hope you are feeling better and wish you well.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Gypsy, thanks, yes I feel a bit better now but my stomach is still taking a pounding sometimes, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, it was a nightmare, the thing was that our NHS has always been so good, but I didn't realise just how much it had slipped over the past few years, when I had my kidney op back in 93 the care was absolutely amazing, but now? third world country, nurses who have no feelings when you are in agony, yep mainly foreign nurses who don't care if you drop on the floor, and waiting rooms that make you sick! the worse thing was that the doctor should have come out to me in the first place so I wouldn't have had to go through any of this! thanks linda, I am feeling a bit better now, but my stomach still feels like its been kicked!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi green, yes those kids! there was nothing wrong with them that I could see, even the adults were laughing and joking around, they couldn't have been that ill, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, thanks so much, the best thing to do either you or me when we are ill is to collapse on the floor, make out we are unconcious then the paramedics will have to take us on a trolley, and put us in the right part of the hospital! seems as though thats the only thing that works! thanks for reading as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks marcoujor, yes it was completely mad and out of control, I was stunned to think my country has come to this, bring back Matrons, only employ Brits that know what the hell they are doing and make this country good again, thanks so much for reading and yes I will take it easy, I have a hot water bottle on my back and a cup of tea on the desk! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi CR, Oh my God! that is awful! at least over here we don't have to pay for anything, no insurance or payment of any kind. But we always were proud of our NHS now I am so ashamed of how this country has gone down the pan. I hope DH is okay now? what happens when you file for bankruptcy? where do you live etc? thats so awful, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Steph thanks so much, yes that was it, I felt invisible! I just could not believe it! there is no compassion anymore from the doctors or nurses. this was supposed to be england with its care and feeling, not since we only employ foriegn nurses now! thanks for reading, nell


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GALAXY 59 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow what a horrible experience, I am so sorry for you and glad that you are feeling better now. I must say, though, that I have nothing but good things to say about the way I have been treated by the NHS. I suffer from RA and have always been treated promptly and with great respect. My current medication would cost over £500.00 per week if I had to pay for it, goodness knows how much the monthly blood tests and doctor visits would cost! So the NHS can get it right as well as very wrong.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Patty, thanks so much, and yes thats fine it just goes to show that its happening over there too. The one thing we all need is a good health service and this one is really going downhill, thanks, nell


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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine

Hi Nell--Here in the US you can file for bankruptcy without losing your house if your house is modestly priced, which ours is. DH is fine now, but of course we are both freaked out by the possibility of another illness. We try to stay well and out of the system but that gets harder as a person gets older. In the US, most personal bankruptcies are due to medical bills.

It sounds like your experience kind of shows that austerity is not the way to go economically. We are dealing with all those questions here too. Glad you got through that awful experience. Hugs!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Paula, thanks so much, it did used to be the best health service in the world now its terrible. In fact after the shock and pain I was so angry. the first doctor could have stopped all this by coming out, its part of our history that the doctors always come out to check on you when you call them, in fact back in the day the docs came out just for the sake of it to check you out. Not anymore, its all about money, thanks paula, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi dfin, yes thats so true, the world used to be a safe place in America and England with health on the top of the list, now it seems that immigration, and job cuts are ruining it, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Stephanie, I am getting there thanks, its still a bit painful round the stomach, feels like someone has used me for a football! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, yes thats true thank God it wasn't the appendix! in the old hospital in high wycombe, where we always went before, it was much better service, the ambulance would take you too a cubicle and the doc would see you within a few moments, now? now its gone to pot! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine thanks so much! I really appreciate your prayers, and yes I am a little better today, taking it slow on the old pc! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, that sounds awful! the one type of people we need to trust is doctors and nurses. Its terrifying to realise that even they can't be trusted any more, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks midget, yes you are so right! I couldn't believe the amount of people in there with tiny little things, like a cut finger, a twisted ankle and so on, it was pathetic! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks mary, I am getting there, bit painful to walk with my stomach muscles pinching, but I am fine I think, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Nearly better thank you Hannah, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Vellur, that's so true, I used to trust them, now I know its a trust not worth having, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks healthytips, getting better now I hope, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, yes trying to stay healthy is the best way to go, this years been a nightmare, october to december two lots of flu, now this! usually the health care over here is good, its just the hospital malarky thats the problem I think, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi CR, thanks for coming back I never realised that was the reason for so many people going bankcrupt over there. I suppose I should be grateful that over here we get it free but sometimes the system breaks down big time, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Galaxy, To be fair this is the first time its gone so terribly wrong. I have to agree with you about the meds costs and care, most of the time its really good, and we do probably have the best healthcare in the world, I do think its some of the hospitals that have gone wrong, all the closures, too many people not enough nurses and so on, thats what happened this time I think, thanks for reading, nell


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I hope that experience did not traumatise you. Sorry to hear.


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amillar 3 years ago from Scotland, UK

The elite want everything privatised. Then we'll all have to borrow and go into debt just to survive. The tactic is simple: Purposeful neglect of the targeted services; the public gets so fed up that they don't care when the government sell off.

Prices will go up. If we don't like pain and death, we'll borrow from the banks and as the old song goes - 'I owe my soul to the company store'... There are many nice people in this world; unfortunately, they never get to run it.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

What a nightmare. I rarely go to the doctor, but I have heard from other people that things aren't always too good in the US, either. Hope that you feel better soon.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Oh, Nell. . . thank God you survived all that -- what a nightmare. I hope you continue to improve (and write for us). I fear what you experienced is going to be the norm in America now that "Obummer" care will be the law of the land. Makes this old lady glad to be old -- won't have to put up with a lot of it a lot of years! LOL! Best/Sis


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a horrible story, Nell. I am so sorry for what you had to go through - it sounds like a nightmare. My thoughts are with you. I hope you feel better very soon.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I'm sorry to hear about this Nell but America is not much better. Good to hear you are feeling better. Now if we could only get the doctors and hospital bureaucrats to tread this...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG, I know you were in pain, but the way you described this horrific event literally cracked me up. " No shit Sherlock " I am so sorry this happened to you. Now, i am beginning to feel fear about National Health Care. At least the Doctor came to your house, i would faint if that occured here. Hope you are better. Please let us know you funny Brit..Hee


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell. I was just wondering where you are the other day and now I know. Nell I am so sorry you were put through this, it´s disgusting and had it been appendicitis you could have died. The NHS has been going down the pan for years and now it seems it´s hit rock bottom and all thanks to government cut backs, it stinks. There are so many questions left unanswered in your case, why wasn´t an ambulance called right away, why weren´t you checked out by a triage nurse and put at the top of the list etc etc. The waiting room may have been full of non serious case´s because they simply could not get an appointment to see their own GP, my daughter has a hell of a job seeing hers and sometimes can´t get an appointment for weeks..say´s it all really doesn´t it , what are you supposed to do, make an appointment before becoming ill and then schedule it in ? As for diagnosis by phone, how the hell can anyone assess you without actually looking ? I hope you feel better soon Nell, but if I was you I would be putting in a complaint, it may not do any good but if no one complains ( and lets face it we are not good at it in the UK) No statistics will exist and those who need to know won´t know just how bad things have become.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks everyone, I will be back later as I am not feeling to good at the moment, nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a horrible experience, Nell. I am so sorry you had to endure all that pain and mistreatment. I always thought the NHS was a positive model. Obviously, I was dead (sorry about that) wrong. I fear that when Obamacare hits the fan, we in the U.S. will also be in deep you know what.


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

You have a lot of friends you've never met in person. And we're all pulling for you in our own ways. Get well soon!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, thanks so much I feel a bit better now, hopefully I can get back to writing stuff now! Phew!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, everyday on the news there is another hospital closure, its driving us nuts, I am so ashamed of this country, we used to be the best in health care, now thanks to the government we are going downhill fast. they give millions to foriegn aid but can't keep our hospitals open! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi anne, I was checked by a triage nurse but she was about as sympathetic as a zombie! yes that phone call was appalling I am going to complain, not that it will do any good, but thanks so much, and yes I do feel a bit better now, touch wood!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, lol! yes my language does go slightly blue when I am peed off! the docs used to come to the house, in fact that was what was good about this country, not now though, thanks ruby, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Alecia, thanks so much, yes I do think more should be done, maybe its not the docs and nurses fault but sometimes I do see it from them too, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, feeling a bit better now thanks, but phew! that was a nightmare! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Angela, thanks so much, yes it seems to be bad on both sides of the pond, I am a bit better now thank goodness! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi avian, thanks so much, yes a bit better now, but I have lost my trust in the health service, it was a nightmare! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi amillar, thats so true, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rasta, yes I am a little better now, thanks for reading nell


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

How terrible for you, Nell. I'm assuming that it did not cause any permanent damage. Hopefully, the pain will go away eventually. It reminds me of the emergency rooms here in the U.S., which are run for-profit, btw. I had to wait three hours before anyone could see me because swelling in my throat prevented me from breathing. Turned out to be some minor swelling treatable with medicine. But if they'd given me the medicine sooner, it would've spared me three hours of agony. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Holy cow Nell! This is terrifying. I have heard other complaints but nothing like this. Won't be complaining about our US health care anytime soon. Glad you are feeling somewhat better.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Nell, That's a story from hell! It's sad to see a country's health system go to pot. America had a good health system once upon a time, until greedy law suits forced malpractice insurance rates through the roof. In the end, it fell back on the patients. And now, hardly anyone can afford health insurance, so many go untreated. Anyway, I felt your anger and frustration over your ordeal and justifiably so! I hope all is getting better for you! Take it easy on the exercises for awhile! All the best, Kathi :O)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, thats terrible! just goes to show that its over there as much as here, something needs to be done, but the government never ever listens, thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Glimmer, yes a lot better today, thanks! phew! lol! yes its definitely getting as bad over here with the health care, it drives me mad!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Kathi, yes those exercises are going out the window! lol! thanks so much, and great to see you!


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

I'm so glad that you're continuing to recover!

One idiosyncrasy from my father's side of the family is the inability to mind our own business. That said, when you're yourself again, please read my hub about Exercise for Wimps. Not all exercise routines are created equal.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Haha! sounds brilliant Larry! be over shortly!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

It is annoying when those who really need the care are compromised in favor of those who have minor ailments. Thanks for sharing, and I pass this round!!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

My goodness, Nell, what a shock! This kind of trauma - poor, ineffective medical care - sitting in halls and corridors among coughing patients, bleeding yourself to death, or dying from something, if it not YOUR TURN to receive personal attention, is the order of the day in South Africa. I can write horrors upon horrors about this topic, and not only about the experience of State patients, but also of members of so-called smart medical funds having the privilege to receive treatment in smart, well-equipped private hospitals. The entire Health Care Business is no longer what it was before. People - doctors and nurses and all medical staff - had turned into machines, following procedures with their emotions on ice. The exceptions are so rare, and in practice they quickly become part of the system.

Remember David? The 'superb' medical care in England opposed to the '3rd world care' in South Africa was THE reason why he had to go back to England. If this was not the case, nothing would have prevented us from 'living happily forever after'. (Not that I feel bitter about this today. As you know, what's meant to be shall be. I am only mentioning this as an example of the pride British people have in their National Health Care.)

You could have died! What an awful thing to know!

Two years ago the same kind of pain started to torture my sister-in-law. Eventually, a week later, they discovered a rupture in her ileum... too late!!!!

Take good care of yourself, Nell!

And BTW - excellent writing!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Martie, first of all let me say how sorry I am to hear about your sister in law, thats terrible. and yes you are right, the nursing staff, doctors etc have turned into robots these days, there was no sympathy at this particular hospital, not saying that it happens at all the hospitals though, yes I remember David, I think back then we were still in our hay day of good national health, but it has gone down hill so badly since, our government is more concerned with foriegn aid instead of us, bring back the labour party! thanks so much for reading, and your kind words, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi midget, yes thats so true, there were many people there who just had colds for goodness sake! thanks again, nell


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Nell, just read this, and am horrified. It sounds as though your NHS system has gone completely to pot. What a horrible experience, and worst of all, what are the chances of it being fixed? We watch our system very vigilantly here, and I cannot complain. Sounds as though our care is very much better, and doesn't force anyone to take a mortgage out on their home. Nothing is perfect, but the NHS seems to have slid down in a real hurry. Do hope you feel better soon, poor dear. I keep you in my heart.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Nell, I am so sorry to hear about how much pain you suffered. I heard that England had a great healthcare program, guess that was depending upon who reported the news. There is indeed a need for reform on healthcare, not sure how best to get this accomplished though. The government programs seem to miss the mark. You are right, I see many workers who I believe could use additional "certified" training here as well. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

HI Vicki, thanks so much, getting there, still a little painful, nell

Hi teaches, I do believe that the majority of the nhs is okay, but when it goes wrong it certainly goes wrong, but yes I stick to my thoughts on foriegn workers as doctors and nurses. so many times on tv we have seen a major and sometimes downright stupid accident caused by the fact that they don't know what they are doing,


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Diabian 3 years ago

Great work , i like your amazing hub which with my friends on pinterest and facebook .

Rated, bookmarked


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Sorry this happened too you Nell and glad your better. This is one reason so many over here fought the losing battle over socialized medicine. May be it starts out fine but...Nell in the emergency room you should have just collapsed on them right there on the floor. That might have bumped you waiting time up a bit. Surprised you still have Drs that make house calls over there, that ended for all but the rich over here a long time ago. Get better now ya here!


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bethperry 3 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, how awful! I am so sorry this happened to you, and it is unforgivable.

And it scares me, too, knowing we have a presidential administration here that wants this kind of medical "care" for the U.S.

Please take care, my friend. Sending positive vibes your way. Hugs!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi beth, thanks so much, I am feeling a bit better now, but I don't want to go through that again! so much for exercise, I think I will turn into a fat slobby couch potato! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Alastar, that was a good idea, and to be honest I was going too, but with the pain I just couldn't think properly, yes we do still have house calls, but the are not so frequent as they used to be, they think that diagnosing a pain over the phone is okay! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Did you actually read it Diabian?! thanks anyway!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

How aweful, Nell. I hope you are fine now. The cousins of my husband are British and they are always complaining about NHS. I never thought that it´s really so bad with NHS. I thought the relatives just like to complain. It was like you were in the third country like Philippines when you said about the hospital. Well, in the Philippines you need to have money for hospitalization. There´s no NHS, so you have to pay for everything first before being treated. I just hope that I won´t get seriously sick in my home country when I´m here, to fly back immediately to be treated in Germany. That´s for my opinion the best national health service in the world.

Thanks for sharing. God bless you and take care;-)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Thelma, thanks so much for reading, yes our NHS is definitely going down hill, I am still not completely well yet, thanks nell


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I agree! Your hubs are so interesting Nell. Voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Sue, glad you liked it, nell


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, and Interesting and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

I am interested in learning why England's National Health Service went, in your experience, from excellent to disappointing. What do you think have been some of the factors?

The USA does not even have a National Health Service. Most people have to get private insurance or pay doctor and hospital bills out-of-pocket. With prices for care and insurance high, even a minor health problem can put many of us deep in debt. And the higher prices do not buy better health. Comparisons of the health of the peoples of developed countries put Americans near or at the bottom.

England: Crowded hospitals and overworked doctors; USA: too high prices for doctoring, hospital care, and health insurance and a poor showing in overall measurements of good health.

Is there a country that has a healthcare system that works well? Canada? Australia? A country in northern or central Europe? Other?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks B. Leekley, the NHS on the whole is still probably the best way to get medical attention. Its just in some cases when it fails it fails dismally. But its better than having to pay insurance etc especially if you are seriously ill, there is no limit to the amount of treatment you get. So I won't knock that, its just that some hospitals have lost their way, I am sure Canada and others have a better system but I am not sure, the one good thing about the NHS is the fact that you get the treatment and that is the main thing, no worries about having to pay, it was just I had a bad experience, thanks again, nell

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