Mum has been ill this week with a headache, sore throat, blocked sinuses, cough and just generally feeling miserable. She wanted to see a GP and after my experience trying to get an appointment for Dad when he was here I was not hopeful. It seems I was right to feel this way because every place I rang said no, they were completely booked. They said I had to ring back the next day at 8:30am to see whether there were any spaces available and keep doing that each morning until something came up.
Mum was naturally feeling quite anxious about it and went on eBay and ordered some fish antibiotics. You can buy pharmacy-grade amoxicillin on eBay. I am not kidding – see here. Given the concerns about antibiotic resistance I think it’s astonishing you can buy amoxicillin on eBay.
Eventually one of the medical centres told me about a private GP practice in Aberdeen which is new. It wasn’t an option when Dad was visiting. I tried them and managed to get an appointment the very next day. Thankfully Mum got some antibiotics for humans rather than fish which is a bit of a relief for all of us.
I think it’s so great that the NHS is completely free but if it means you die before actually getting to see a doctor then that’s not really that great. I’d rather pay £20 and get an appointment within a reasonable time-frame than pay nothing and wait weeks. But then I come from countries where I’ve always had to pay to see a doctor and because of this, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me.