Saturday, 20 December 2008

Waiting hours

I was interested to discover that, unlike doctors, pathology collection units do not work on Saturdays. At the closest location they only work between 8:30 and 14:30 Monday to Friday.
This seems to be an excessively short working week.
Of course many people do attend in the morning because they are fasting and their blood samples are therefore taken early in the day. But, what of the elderly patient for whom the doctor orders a blood test? It means a second trip out, often when they are feeling unwell anyway. Doctors themselves appear to be reluctant to do the most simple of procedures - undoubtedly because they are overworked, have little time and fear litigation if something goes wrong.

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