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A visit to the Doctor.

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
My husband is in the unfortunate position of having to have both knees replaced because of arthritis and being only 62 he has given the timing for this a great deal of thought as he is an electrician and the Muscular skeleton people told him it may mean he will not kneel so easily afterwards.
After a painful weekend he decided it was time, his doctor had said 'when you have decided you want to be referred to a consultant come back to me'
Easier said than done, phoned today and the earliest his doctor can see him is 23rd jan.

We both then were reminiscing about 'years ago'

Steve went a doctors in Saltley and he said 'you walked into the waiting room and there would be about 5 people in front of you so you knew when it was your turn

Mine was in Washwood heath and you took a numbered peg when you went in and waited until your number was called..
we had 2 doctors and I had a favourite and when it was my turn next I always hoped the other one would keep his patient in there a long time
so that I saw my favourite, LOL

No appointments in those days.
 
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BernardR

Guest
1966 after my son was born went to see Dr Clarke at 5-00 PM and saw the Doctor at 7-00 PM O'clock as his surgery was swamped due to the creation of the Druids Heath Estate with no additional facilities being provided. Doctor Clarke would make his house visits (including post natal) at around 9-00 when the surgery patients were finished. 12 Months later Dr Clarke was dead.

Viva La Change
 
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Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
I must be really lucky with my doctor's surgery. I was in Erdington High street today doing some shopping. I popped into Boots to try and get something for this chesty cough I have, Being I'm taking Warfarin I wasn't hopeful. I won't go into detail but the pharmacist said I might have a chest infection and should see my doctor. 10.15 outside Boots I called the doc, he said can you get here for 11.00, I got there for 10.50, I was seeing her at 10.55. Not bad going ay. This is not a one off, I can see a doctor on the same day 90% of the time.
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
1966 after my son was born went to see Dr Clarke at 5-00 PM and saw the Doctor at 7-00 PM O'clock as his surgery was swamped due to the creation of the Druids Heath Estate with no additional facilities being provided. Doctor Clarke would make his house visits (including post natal) at around 9-00 when the surgery patients were finished. 12 Months later Dr Clarke was dead.

Viva La Change
Dr Clarke, Bernard, REALLY ? I can go waaay back with Dr Clarke ! (We are talking the Maypole, aren't we ?).
Suffice it to say, when I joined the army, in '57, I'd only ever seen two black men, Dr Bikitsha and Dr Clarke.
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
I too liked the old system of turn up and work your way down the queue, unfortunately its the government who decided that all GP's must have an appointments system. Its very frustrating someday to find all the appointments gone, yet over 20% of people then don't bother tuning up.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
I am so proud and pleased to be a part of this group. Laurie Pike was my doctor from the age of thirteen and they kept us on even though we are miles out of their catchment area.
  1. [h=3]Laurie Pike Health Centre | Vitality[/h]
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BernardR

Guest
Dr Clarke, Bernard, REALLY ? I can go waaay back with Dr Clarke ! (We are talking the Maypole, aren't we ?).
Suffice it to say, when I joined the army, in '57, I'd only ever seen two black men, Dr Bikitsha and Dr Clarke.
Yes Baz the same - I lived in Stotfold when first married.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Still think ours is Frothy. That is why we have to go to Perry Barr and Hansdworth as the ones round here have awful reputations. Click on my link. You will be surprised at the services offered.
 

nickcc101

master brummie
Our Doctors were based in Great Barr, Calderwood and Mconnel. We used to sit in the waiting room hoping that the patient before us would get Dr Calderwood which hopefully meant we would get Dr Mconnel. Dr Calderwood was known to be very strict as he was the Post Office Doctor and woe betide you if you tried to pull the wool over his eyes.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Our Doctors were based in Great Barr, Calderwood and Mconnel.
I remember Dr Calderwood, we moved to him from Dr Arnott who had a surgery in Beeches Road. I seem to remember it cost 2/6d to see Dr Arnott who treated me when I was very ill with Scarlet Fever at the age of seven and had to spend six weeks confined to my bedroom, because in those days before antibiotics it was a serious disease. During that time I was given some 'Just William' books to read which led to my life long love of reading.

Sent from my iPad
 

robert mcgowan

proper brummie kid
i had to reply to this post , many ,many years ago i was laid up in bed with what turned out to be pneumonia ,i had to have a home visit from my doctor , who happened to be doctor macgregor out of gooch street practice , he came in to my room smoking a cigarette, prescribed some kind of medicine , then told my mother to buy me a packet of players no 1 cigarettes , saying ," they will clear his lungs " and this is the truth, those were the days . rwm
 

Austin K2

master brummie
One or two on here claim to have the best Doctors, can they beat this.
When we were living in Brum in 1968, our 18 month old son Darren was poorly. Doctor came, took one look at him, then immediately whipped Darrens nappy off and stuck his face almost into the contents and took a great big sniff.
He straight away phoned the Childrens Hospital to expect us, we rushed him there in our car, where Darren went straight into isolation.
Luckily Darren survived all this and grew in to a fine man.
Never known any other Doctor stick his nose into a freshly filled nappy.
Our Doctors name was Dr. Peters, surgery on Tyburn Road, he swore you could tell more doing what he did than any other way.
Great man, owe him a lot.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I belong and have done for many years, to a group practice which has two medical centres: one in my town and the other a couple of miles away which has good parking facilities.

Before the practice expansion there were just two or three doctors. When my second son was born, around 7pm. in 1968, our preferred doctor - with whom we used first names - came to my parents house, quite close to the local cottage hospital, to let me know I had another son. Not a common occurrence as far as I knew.
 

carolina

master brummie
The good old days when you went to see your Doctor, look in your eyes and a look at your nails and your general appearance all helped with their diagnosis. Today unfortunately a lot of patients have to have telephone conversations. Sometimes you have to talk to the receptionist to discuss your problems before a decision can be made. After we left Hockley and Dr Target our next Drs were Ostrowski etc on Plough and Harrow Road and then Drs Phillips and Clarke on Weoley Castle Square. All of these were efficient if sometimes a little brusque but you had great faith in them. I am lucky as my Drs are now in Bewdley and I not yet failed to get an appointment on the same day even if it means waiting a little while in the surgery.
 

paul stacey

master brummie
for the last 8months I have been treated by my doctor for various illness's, but only over the phone, if ill I phone the surgery, he phones within 30 mins, he issues prescriptions which are faxed through to my local chemists they deliver free within 24hrs, works very well, for me I go to the nurse for blood pressure checks and blood tests, really no problems as yet.Paul
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Austin K2 what a great doctor to have done that. Glad everything turned out OK. Carolina our receptionists are not allowed to make decisions but just answer the phone and give out information. Paul our surgery is the same. You get to speak with a doctor the same day and they make an appointment to go down if necessary the day. I too have to follow up that conversation with blood tests at the surgery. This system has been in operation for about three years.
 

bewdley

master brummie
Glad to hear that Carolina. I was a medical secretary at Bewdley for many years before my retirement (almost 5 years ago now) and they were a brilliant team to work with.

Thanks for the memory.
 
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