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Little Rant

A woman called me the other day, telling me that I was a very valued blood donor and would I attend the clinic which they now ran via an appointments system. Could she book me in? I suppose it is one way of encouraging people to turn up though of course it's much more flexible if you can pick your own time on the day. Well, I turned up, was seen immediately, filled in all the paperwork, which gets more onerous and officious with every session. (Don't they keep records? Why do I have to explain each time that I had my adenoids out aged 8 and why do they want to know when I last returned from France? They also gave me half a pint of tepid tap water 'to help with the donation' Eh? which I had to drink). Then I explained I was waiting for a hearing aid fitting and that the doctor had said I should have an MRI scan because in every 1 in 100 cases hearing loss like mine could be explained apparently by a tiny fatty deposit on the auditory nerve. So then they had to fetch a nurse who told me that they couldn't take blood from people waiting for MRI scans, so to go home and return at Christmas. So I was left feeling rather grumpy. No wonder NHS costs are spiralling out of control. I cannot believe the MRI scan is necessary (OK I'll risk the 1 in 100 chance of a benign growth) and the cost cannot be insignificant and then, when they say they are desperate for blood and having to import it at great expense, they turn down a donation 'just to be on the safe side.' Really I don't think I shall bother to go again. I am just getting too old for time-wasting like this.

Posted at 29th Aug 2012 - 10:44PM   Posted by Fennie   Little Rant Comments: 9

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Blackbird's Avatar It doesn't make a lot of sense about the planned MRI and your blood donation but the whole ordeal sounds like it was ill fated from the start. No cookie?

Our donation system (which I have to say that I'm a year long participant in) is run very smoothly from check in, through updating your personal file on a computer tablet before being passed along to gowned technicians. This is one of the mobile units set up in a church basement- the main office is supposed to be quite posh.

Posted by: Blackbird on 30th Aug 2012 at 04:50AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I can't see any connection between taking blood and MRI scans myself (must ask Nursey Friend) the water makes more sense as most of us don't drink enough and are always slightly dehydrated.
I was a regular doner for years but haven't been back since my gallbladder op... should really make an effortEmbarassed

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 30th Aug 2012 at 10:05AM

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Cowgirl's Avatar I quite understand your feelings, Fennie. Ridiculous indeed. The system BB mentions sounds much more user friendly! I tried to give blood about 15 years ago but am not elidgable due to having living in the UK during 1991 (mad cow?). People go in their lunch hours to temporary setups - and you always get a cup of tea and a biscuit! - so it can't take all that long here either.

Posted by: Cowgirl on 30th Aug 2012 at 10:30AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Sad I would have demanded to know why - does seem a bit odd.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 30th Aug 2012 at 10:58AM

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Fennie's Avatar The thinking is WW that although the doctor says that I have a 1 in a 100 chance of a small, non-growing and benign growth in my ear, the blood donors think any growth could be malignant and therefore I might be rushed in for a major operation and so would need all my blood. Never mind that the risk of this is about one in a million and that I am more likely to die of a heart attack before Christmas. The NHS doesn't seem good at grasping the concept of a very small risk. It wants 100 per cent security in everything it does (for fear of being sued presumably).

Posted by: Fennie on 30th Aug 2012 at 02:20PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar And the trouble is they can never have 100% security. I thought the possibility, slight though it is was the reason.
I remember, after years of giving blood, they decided that the stuff I took for my arthritis ( which I had taken for years) was no longer acceptable. I felt absolutely rejected. Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Withy Brook on 30th Aug 2012 at 05:32PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar was, was the...

Posted by: Withy Brook on 30th Aug 2012 at 05:33PM

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Fennie's Avatar Yes it is a feeling of rejection, when you have bothered to volunteer and make the time to go along etc. You feel it is all a waste and that you won't bother next time. Somebody ought to give them a lesson in managing volunteers. We are doing them a favour but the way we are treated you'd think it the other way around.

Posted by: Fennie on 30th Aug 2012 at 06:50PM

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Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Think you have every right to be ranting about this Fennie.

The other evening I was totally amazed to see a mobile MRI scanning unit ( a very large HGV) parked in a lay by on the A580 just outside Manchester, it appeared to be unattended, you would think that something like that would be locked safely away, would find it acceptable if in the Highlands say on its way to somewhere remote but not there.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 30th Aug 2012 at 08:19PM

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