I dislocated a shoulder skiing in the Austrian Tirol, and was taken to the krankenhaus in Kufstein.
I walked in and wondered where the mammoth queue for A&E might be, especially as this was the main hospital for that region of Tirol with loads of injured skiers arriving daily. I walked down an empty corridor and a nurse asked “Can I help you?”
She took my passport and EHIC details and said “please wait”. After a minute or so, I was taken for an X-ray, and no more than ten minutes later I met an orthopaedic surgeon, who apologised for keeping me waiting as “I have been up on the roof, dealing with an emergency helicopter arrival”.
He soon relocated the shoulder, using a method reminiscent of a mediaeval torture chamber - but that’s orthopaedics - and I was out of there within an hour. Try that at your local A&E! Ours has a permanent “four hour wait from this point” notice on display.
Anyone who says the NHS is the best in the world is misguided. It could be, but it’s all down to money that successive governments prefer to squander elsewhere.