NHS: Three strikes and out
I 'VE just been told off. By the NHS. I needed a hospital appointment for a minor ailment and unfortunately the first appointment came through at the time when I would be away on holiday.
So I rang and rearranged my appointment and then, due to a funeral and work commitments, had to cancel twice more.
On the last time I was informed, in no uncertain terms, that if I cancelled again I would be breaching their regulations and would be sent back to my GP. Considering it took 10 months for me to get as far as a hospital appointment, I don't really want to start again from the beginning.
What about all those wasted hospital appointments where people don't even bother to turn up?
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At least I had the decency to ring up and cancel my appointments.
No one told me it was three strikes and you are out.
I THOUGHT Christmas was getting earlier each year. To my horror, I did see Christmas cards in shops when I was on holiday at the end of August.
I wish shops could leave it until nearer the actual date.
It spoils the excitement of it all.
When I was a little girl, the family would go off on the weekend before Christmas, dad with a spade on his shoulder, to find a real Christmas tree at a "Dig your Own" site and then we would get home and put up all the decorations and the tree up a few days before the big day.
Now it seems more and more people have their decorations up by the first of December.
By the time Christmas comes we are all fed up with it.
But worse still, this week, in the middle of September, I saw some Easter pasta – pasta in the shape of Easter eggs.
H ERITAGE days are a fantastic idea. I just wish I had been able to get a ticket to look around Gloucester prison.
I think Gloucester tourism is missing out on a great opportunity.
Imagine opening the prison for visitors for say, six months.
Then everyone would get the chance to step inside true Gloucester history.