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****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 22:10

My wife is going to contact her GP tomorrow although the consultant said today that she will contact her anyway.

It would seem that even the original appointment was ****** up.  The day after her appointment with her GP there was a message on our answering machine for her to call the appointment centre.  She called and was told that the hospital we went to today was the only one in the area where she could be seen in the timescales so she had no option but to accept.

We got home last Friday to a letter from the same appointment centre telling her she had not attended an appointment at our local hospital on the 5th for the same purpose as the appointment today (hopefully you are still following this).  As you can guess, no appointment for the 5th had ever been offered.  If it had been it would have been taken up on rather than having a 60 mile round trip.

My wife actually checked with the consultant today about the supposed appointment on the 5th and the consultant had nothing to indicate that my wife had an appointment that day!

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:45

Because of concern about my wife's medical condition her GP wanted her to be seen within 2 weeks.  We live about 3 miles from one large hospital and 7 miles from another.  Did she get an appointment at either of these?  No.  At a hospital over 30 miles away.  Because she was advised not to drive because of the nature of the examination she was due to have I had to take 1/2 day off to take her.  I have no problem with doing that per-se.

My wife went in for her appointment bang on time and was out again in under 10 minutes.  All she had was a short conversation with the consultant but no examination because the equipment required for the examination is not held at that hospital.  It's a small community hospital out in the sticks.

To add to the stupidity, the consultant arrived at the hospital at the same time we did, having driven from the hospital 3 miles from our home.

My wife now has the added stress of waiting for a new appointment at one of our local hospitals.

Wife ****** off, me ****** off, consultant ****** off.  The only people who will be happy are the local NHS administrators because they can tick the box to say my wife was seen within the required 2 weeks

Tree work near electric Wires!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:36

If the cables run through the hedge then it should be the power company who do any work to clear the growth around them.  Don't attempt to do it yourself, or to have a normal gardening contractor do it.

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 14:04

I normally just tell them to go away, or words to that effect   If I have some time to waste I'll ask them which computer they mean as I have several.  That confuses them.

The best I've heard of, but haven't tried, was typing everything they asked but saying nothing was happening.  When they start getting really frustrated say "You didn't ask if the computer was switched on".

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 13:58

I always avoid the first few weeks, until the real c*** dancers have gone!  I'd heard a lot about Judy Murray and though she can't be that bad if she's lasted this long.  How wrong could I be?????

He would get more expression and movement from his partner if he used a plank!  Andy Murray said before the series started that his mother would just be embarrassing and he's right.  Alison may not be a great dancer but she gives it her all and is roughly in time with the music

Preventing root growth/ spread

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:29

Nigra isn't anything like as vigorous as Aurea, but if you want to play safe you could set 9" (225mm) paving slabs on edge, finishing just below ground level.  They will help contain the roots and shoots.

Garden Fencing

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:43

I have to say that I think your new fence looks terrible.  I suspect the very dark slats are made from timber which has got damp before it was treated and if so it's unlikely ever to match the rest.  Your neighbours fence has been coloured, either before or after installatoin, which is why the colour is much more uniform. 

You could do the same, but I suspect that because there is so much difference in initial slat colour on your the end result will not be as uniform.

I can't give a sensible reason for the gaps between the slats other than the fence manufacturer is rubbish!  I have a close boarded fence and there are no gaps.  "Wind gaps"???? I don't think so.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:35

Bookertoo asks if people have ever thought about it from the other point of view; my point of view is the near impossibility of purchasing a birthday card for my nephew who has a birthday in late November!  I don't, for a number of reasons, want to purchase cards too early and believe me I have very good reasons for that!!

The way things are going we'll have Easter eggs in the shops by November.  A couple of years ago one of the consumer programmes on TV looked at the ever earlier Christmas product placement and showed a Christmas cake with a 'Best before' label of mid November.  That truly is commercialism gone mad.

HELP!!!mini tiller marketing research

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 20:27

A lightweight tiller is unlikely to do a decent job without the user having to apply excessive downward pressure.  In part it is the weight of the tiller which helps it get down into the soil.  I have a Mantis tiller and think it's a great tool for areas which don't justify the use of heavy duty rotovators.  I last used mine a few days ago to turn over an area about 10' by 15' and did the whole area, to a depth of about 9" in under half an hour.  It's now ready for winter planting.  The available accessories cover all of my needs although the ony one I've purchased so far is the lawn edger.  Used once, to get a good clean line on about 200' of border, it cost about £30 and even if it's never used again (which is unlikely) it was worth the cost in time and effort saving over either a spade or half moon edger.

from pot to garden

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:40

I'm from the opposing camp to Verdun as I have 3 different bamboos and none of them have been invasive.  They've been in the garden many years without a problem.

That said, without knowing the variety I would err on the side of caution and put some sort of containment around it if you plant it in the garden.  A rubber, rather than plastic, dustbin with the bottom cut out would do the job.

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