INFAMOUS "111" MEDICAL PHONE LINE for help . - But, lets rewind, and see what actually happened. Two weeks ago, I wanted to have " Pee" in the morning about 4AM, - but could'nt, and it was getting quite painful, as we all know, when your " BUSTING TO GO " but can't because there's no Loo available etc etc. .After an hour or so, the pain really was getting a bit much, so in desperation I rang "111" - told them my predicament , then spent ELEVEN MINUETS giving details of my name, phone numbers etc etc, I was then told a "Medical adviser" would ring me back shortly "
And so this most "Learned Medical Adviser " rang me back - And what was the Advise given, bearing in mind , the pain really was getting awful = " SIT IN A WARM BATH AND IT MIGHT COME OUT - BYE . - I could'nt believe it.
After a few hours of terrible discomfort I got a taxi straight round to my Doctor and asked to be seen as an Emergency.Having heard my story and a brief examination he gave the response above and ADDED =" YOU COULD HAVE SAT IN A HEATED ATLANTIC, AND THAT LOT WOULD NEVER HAVE SHIFTED - CLEARLY YOUR PROSTRATE GLAND HAS EXPANDED BLOCKING THE FLOW OF URINE - GET TO A@E IMMEDIATELY, I WILL GIVE YOU A PRESCRIPTION FOR THEM TO SUPPLY YOU WITH AND GET AN EMERGENCY CATHETER INSERTED TO GET THE URINE OUT. " And so I did - and that in itself is quite painful, but the relief was out of this world - a real NIAGARA !
For a week I had to " wear " this contrivance " to monitor my progress by a Specialist Nurse, then finally removed by - yes, ANOTHER FEMALE - what the hell !, - yes, a bit embarrassing but I'me sure they have seen many Blokes " Bits and pieces " in their careers! AND , yes, it is also quite painful having it withdrawn - about NINE INCHES OF TUBING AND A DEFLATED BALLOON ON THE ENDED OF IT which spent much of its time in my Bladder, first having been emptied of water by a large syringe - OUCH !
So my advice on calling " 111 " ? - NEVER AGAIN FOR ME - "999" EVERY TIME .....! ANY VIEWS ON THIS FOLKS?