Last year I wrote about the complexities of having multiple medical conditions and balancing the NHS activities that service those conditions. At a certain time of year I seem to get lots of appointments for check-ups and medical follow-ups: come to think of it it’s also the time when the car tax is due, the MOT, and the insurance needs renewing. What is it about March?
I fantasise sometimes about arranging things differently, to suit me rather than everyone else. I imagine that my cardiac specialist, my diabetes consultant, my post-polio consultant, the orthotist, the physio and the hydrotherapist, the podiatrist, even the optician, will all gather together in one place on a specific day – hell, let’s add the mammogram and the cervical smear in there, just to be thorough!
And I’ll kind of facilitate an event that’s a cross between speed dating and a case conference, with a plenary at the end where we all agree on a range of outputs and outcomes to benefit LG for another 12 months, with KPIs* for each specialist and a schedule of performance reviews.
How good would that be?
*Key performance indicators