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Tingtwatter asks: Ever been on the receiving end of some quality health care? Tell us about it

(, Thu 11 Mar 2010, 11:49)
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Nice to be offerred an early appointment
I phoned our local doctors surgery yesterday to make an appointment for an ingrown toenail. I was told the earliest they have is April the 6th - 3 fucking weeks!!! I was also offered to have the minor illness nurse Call me! To which my reply was "Call me? I think someone should have a look at this". After mentioning my right to see someone within 48 hours, I was told to ring back tomorrow morning at 10am which is when they took bookings for the 48-hour clinic.

A quick visit to youtube to see what the ingrown toenail surgical procedure looks like can quickly help you make up your mind.

I opted for DIY home surgery, which involves germoline, a jewellers screwdriver and side-cutters (and wincing). Swelling has now gone down and it feels much better.
(, Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:25, 3 replies)
They tend to grow back,
so you might as well book the appointment anyway for three weeks away.

I cleared mine down three times with the same kit before giving up and getting it sorted out.
(, Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:35, closed)
I always do mine myself.
It helps if, as soon as the first twinges of pain appear, you soak your foot in a bath of hot salty water (as hot as you can bear it) as often as possible - so every hour once you get home from work. When doing the "digging", I tend to swab it with TCP every 5 mins as well, to allow the sterile solution to get into the freshly-excavated flesh.
(, Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:50, closed)
More to the point
Where can I find the youtube videos, I'm having my lunch and I could do with a good excuse to leave work early
(, Thu 18 Mar 2010, 12:41, closed)

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