You can say what you want about the NHS (National Health Service), but I have nothing but praise for them. I referred myself to the A&E yesterday after experiencing lots of blood from my urinary tract. I spent the day at the A&E and on the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) being examined and having a number of exploratory tests being performed by doctors and a Urology Consultant Surgeon. I was told that a CT Scan and a bladder examination was urgently required and that I would be contacted soon. I left, expecting to be contacted between one week and two weeks hence.
This afternoon, the secretary to the Head Urology Consultant Surgeon, Mr. Nick Shaikh, phoned me at home and gave me a hospital appointment for this coming Sunday, August 16th. Now, that is what I call fast service! It is an uncanny coincidence that the consultant who will perform the Flexicystoscopy (exploratory examination via a catheter through the penis) is the consultant who attended to Sheila's late husband Anton in 1995 when he removed a tumour from his bladder and continued to monitor him until his death in 2007.
If there is to another Covid-19 postponement of all cancer operations in hospitals again during the near future, and next Sunday's scan and bladder tests show that I am in need of an urgent operation, let's hope that I can beat the deadline again, like I did the last time with my neck dissection operation and follow up sessions of radiotherapy.
For promptness and quality of service to me, I award the NHS 10/10. I never fall asleep any night without 'counting my blessings' that England has such a marvellous bunch of dedicated nurses, doctors, consultants, and surgeons looking after us.
Love and peace Bill xxx