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Wasting NHS Time

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Wasting NHS Time

I can't believe this woman. She should be charged for wasting vital NHS resources.
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This is just one example why the NHS is under pressure.
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Un[censored]ing believable Shocked
It didn't mention whether the Doctors obliged - I sincerely hope not!
I hope she was escorted off the premises but, probably, they'd be concerned of being sued for infringing her human rights Angry

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It was discussed on the radio and 'patient confidentiality' was cited for not giving the outcome.  I would have called the Police and had her escorted from the premises.
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Can't help but think the New Zealand National Health Service Model would be better suited to the UK.
If I remember a nominal charge ($20 per appointment) is made, the charge is made prior to the appointment. Prescriptions are free, concessionary exemptions apply only if you are pre-registered at that surgery.
Would certainly take the pressure off the hardworking surgery and A&E staff and make the timewasters (like the one outlined) think twice.
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Sickening, absolutely sickening.
After all the times I've needed assistance at A&E recently I feel bitter to find out that people out there do screwed up things like this. It's infuriating. Do these people not actually understand what the word emergency means? - Do schoools not teach this anymore?
When I was young we all knew what emergency meant and the schools made sure of it but these days it seems that common sense has deserted many in this nation.
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I doubt if a charge would have any great effect on the number of people using the NHS for colds and headaches or even for dog poo.
I would suspect that many of these people have mental health issues. A side effect of "care in the community".
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You have to keep in mind that some people are a bit simple minded and unable to think or do anything for themselves, others just want attention or get a kick out of complaining about any trivial thing perhaps she falls into one of these categories.
If you watch emergency A&E a number of people in the waiting room have got minor things wrong with them that their GP or a trained nurse could easily deal with, if all those attending A&E other than in an ambulance, were first seen and screened by a nurse it might save some time (and money)
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Quote from: gleneagles
... have got minor things wrong with them that their GP or a trained nurse could easily deal with, if all those attending A&E other than in an ambulance, were first seen and screened by a nurse it might save some time (and money)

This is done in many A&E Departments already, the process is called Triage, usually the Hospital Trust is able to claim about £120 per patient dealt with in this way. In effect there is a perverse incentive to treat such patients.
Walk-in Centres and Urgent Care units are bolted on to the front of A&E to handle these case.
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Our local hospital has a Traige service. It acts like a screening service - they also take a medical history (although you usually end up saying this countless times before you see a doctor!) and also take
your blood pressure/temperature and give you a sample bottle to fill (yuck)
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All A&E will have Triage as it will guarantee that government set targets are met. 
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The initial triage is done by the CCG and they operate as a gatekeeper to prevent some minor cases going into the A & E system.  They decide if the patient should be referred to their GP, sent to an urgent care centre or passed into the hospital A & E.
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They often close A&E departments and replace them with "Minor treatment centres"
So any Triage is a waste of time.

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The initial triage is done by the CCG and they operate as a gatekeeper to prevent some minor cases going into the A & E system.  They decide if the patient should be referred to their GP, sent to an urgent care centre or passed into the hospital A & E.

So a nurse decide whether someone see a doctor or not?
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Isn't a hospital an "Urgent care centre" then?

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No Roll eyes