This is intriguing. I live in Coventry and my GP gave me a stack of PSA forms which I just take to my local Lloyds chemist, Zoë takes a blood sample and the next day my PSA result pitches up on my iPad app at the same time the GP receives it. So basically I can have a PSA test when I want, although I will restrict myself to three-monthly tests from now on as they have had nearly an armful of blood lately!
However, I went to Solihull Hospital this week, only fifteen miles away, and the dermatologist gave me a blood test form but there were about eighty patients waiting in phlebotomy, and even some in the corridor outside the waiting room. I repaired to a local pub for a quick one. When I got back an hour later, my number was called, and the phlebotomist was flabbergasted when I told her that I could go to a local chemist in Coventry for a blood test, and she said their form was only valid in their hospital.
I also told her that recently Zoë had difficulty in getting samples from my arm, and pointed to a throbbing vein (unfortunately not in my dick) on the back of my hand, and said “Just go in there with a butterfly needle, no problem”.
She said: “We don’t have butterfly needles here” and started mining my arm with a needle. She eventually found a sample, but I now have a massive (painless) bruise on my arm.
Talk about a postcode lottery!
Edited by member 08 Nov 2018 at 15:14
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