Last week I was referred to see my new Specialist as when I was at my old address I was seen about once or twice a year with several problems with a RA Nurse.
Alarmingly I was up to the year to see the Specialist at my new Cottage Hospital and the appointment was made to a new system that had been going on over the last few years, As an single appointment was going to take a long period of time.before the specialist could see me.
This clinic was different, there was about twenty, thirty patients sitting around a room and there would have been tea if someone had not stolen the kettle.
When we entered the ward we were summoned to a side ward, we all sat around waiting for the Doctor when He arrived he picked up the survey sheets we had to fill in and read the sheets then examined each patient at a time, then He filled in a sheet and the nurse was able to take bloods and give steroid injections after each of us had been seen.
After we had our check ups and treatment an open question time was introduced regards treatments drugs etc. and this went on for twenty mins. Some patients left before this any questions and the whole appointment and talk lasted for two hours.
Yes the time was slow with all the patients, the clinic was run on Patients Confidentiality terms where all would not discuss out of clinic other peoples medical problems, although the patients were able to hear how other people were getting on and their treatment regimes and they were learning of new treatments and alternative treatments they could try.
This clinic was run four weekly, I had my steroid jab a check over and chat, the whole experience was positive and worthwhile the specialist had seen thirty patients in two hours, a true positive use of time
Would anyone here like this sort of treatment or would any of you find it to open ended with regards people listening in.