It is great to know that a medical team keeps a check on you throughout your recovery and for some years after a serious illness. You need to know how you are going and if there are any problems associated with you previous illness. But when your check ups are scheduled, having patience is essential, as the waiting times in public hospitals can be horrendous.
But getting through the waiting time to see your doctor is very trying. You can expect to be waiting for at least 2 hours.
Once, three other patients and myself were still waiting 5 hours after our appointment time. Staff actually brought us water and juice as they were concerned with our health after such a long time.
I remember one woman had to leave before she saw her doctor as she had to pick her children up from school. She had been there since before lunch and had no idea that it could take so long.
Another lady had her grandson (who was accompanying her) say to her “why do they bother with making appointment times when they do not adhered to them?”
There is no use complaining or getting upset. Just come prepared. These days’ folk bring their I Phone, Tablets etc. Others read. But as I suffer the rare problem of ‘Alexia without Agraphia’ I cannot read-but I can write. So I fill my waiting hours writing. I am actually writing this post while waiting to see my surgeon.
I have had an MRI but have to wait for the results to be sent to the surgeon. That means another long wait. In my case, I was brought to the hospital from my home in country Victoria by ambulance as I had no one else to drive me the 100k and the driver has to wait to take me home. He was getting impatient and kept trying to hurry things along. I arrived at 11am and left at 3pm.
Having patience is a very important attribute to possess when dealing with public hospitals.
Whatever you do, DON’T bring children with you. It is boring enough for you – can you imagine what it is like for children? They become restless, annoyed, demanding, noisy and very miserable. And so do you and the other patients waiting.
The waiting time is tough enough without the added annoyance of unhappy and bored children. Be prepared to give up a day of your time and have someone look after your children for you. It will be less stressful for all concerned.
You can read how important patience was to me during my stroke recovery and brain tumour surgery, in my book ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’. Perhaps you could emulate some of my methods if you find yourself in a similar position of waiting for a medical check up in a public hospital.
Tips and Hints
When you go for medical appointments at public hospitals take something to keep you occupied for the many hours you may have to wait. Make sure if your appointment is near a lunch time that you take refreshments with you (especially a drink). Never take children (unless it is a child the doctor has to see). Be patient and remember; this visit is important for you and your health.