One or two of you might recall that I had an NHS over-40 health check at my local surgery recently. The experience wasn't altogether positive:
Anyhow, it culminated in a referral for a blood test after a seriously high cholesterol reading from a pin prick/hand held test machine operated by a less than confidence-inspiring nurse.
So I took the morning off work and had the test. Having not heard from them for over a week, I called them for the result. The conversation went like this:
"Hello, I'm just checking your result now....... And....... there's no cause for concern"
"No, nothing to report. Everything's fine"
"But you said I had seriously high cholesterol!"
"So you don't want to follow it up, double check maybe?"
"No. Thank you. Goodbye"
I knew it. How the hell could I have high cholesterol when I've been running so much and sticking to a sensible diet for the last 18 months?
C25K is the perfect example of the NHS doing preventive care very well indeed. By contrast this check, poorly executed, was a waste of everyone's time and more importantly, your tax money.
Rant over. Let's get out there and run.