After five weeks of atrial fibrillation I at last have a date for the cardioversion, but needless to say geopolitical problems have got in the way again! I have been getting worse, which has involved two visits to A&E and one to the GP. Yesterday I went to A&E again, feeling really unwell and was thoroughly checked over, both heart and lungs. After seeing the junior junior doctor I heard them say 'this is one for the boss' and off they sent me up the line, where the more senior junior doctor, after giving me a thorough going over said 'this is one for the consultant ' and sent me off to the observation ward where I waited for the consultant, who came to see me after clinic and said I was top of the list but he had come up against the hiccup of a Welsh GP with an English patient and had to fill in a claim form so I could have treatment. He wasn't happy as they should have sorted this out. So off I came home while he dealt with the bureaucracy. Today I rang the practice manager who was amazed because he knew what the regulations were and said he would see what had happened. Then I received a letter with an appointment for next week, so I rang the hospital to see if that was right in view of what I had been told and was told that they had decided to get it done asap! Then a phone call from the practice manager to say he had read the regulations again and since I was an English patient going to an English hospital there was no problem as the English NHS would pay. And so it remains, but he was going to check with another practice which apparently didn't have these difficulties. I tell you, you have to be well to be ill! The one thing I must say is that everyone was really kind and helpful.