Good morning and welcome to another free for all on Friday, the day on which you can freely post off-topic any way you wish, so long as you remain within our guidelines.
Welcoming members who have joined us this week. Hope to hear from you soon!
Thanks to those of you who took part in this week's poll. It's always interesting to get some joint views on how you are feeling on a particular topic and I think we can safely say that those who took time out to vote feel very strongly that more easily accessed medical help is vital.
I can only agree and it's quite obvious that, just as most of us feel failed by medical services at the moment, this is amplified for carers who often have the most awful trouble in getting that extra help they need. Quite often it's through something simple, like receptionists not understanding the need, or giving thought to those who are really struggling on behalf of those they care for. For anyone who is desperate then please lean heavily on the 111 phone service. In the past it's been fairly hopeless, but it can and does at least intervene on your behalf and prioritise your call for help. Many people don't know that it has the power to instruct your GP surgery to have you seen within a specific number of hours if necessary, or to pass you on to other medical help.
I particularly wanted to flag up one response on the topic of the poll. It was made as a reply to my post entitled 'Latest Poll' and came from 'mjtogether'. She called her response a 'rant' and it was certainly spirited, but managed to sum up the whole frustration and emotion of being a carer to someone you love. I can't pin it as it was a response not a question, but it's well worth reading and thank you 'mjtogether'.
Not much space to mention my week, as I've gone on rather long-windedly already, but let's just say it's been OK and quite pleasant. And I hope yours has been too! How was it for you?