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Major Problems Identified In Our Health Service

Shingles

Viral rash indicating a possible attack of ‘Shingles’.

“There is no doubt there are major problems in our health service, of which we are not even aware”, Paddy confirmed to me over a pint, down in Hickey’s Pub, Cathedral Street, Thurles, last night. Paddy was relating to me details of a rather embarrassing incident which had happened to a mate of his, early yesterday morning.

According to Paddy, his mate Mick, a local lorry driver; latter well known as holding a somewhat easy-going, composed and obliging personality, had paid a rather unscheduled visit to a doctor.

Mick had walked into the new Primary Care Centre, located in Carrick-on-Suir. “Sure you know the place”, said Paddy, “Set up under a Public Private Partnership by the European Investment Bank, in yet another attempt to privatise our Irish health service and further promote our existing two tier health system.”

According to Paddy, Mick approached the reception desk and a young lady queried as to his problem.  ‘Shingles’, said Mick.  The receptionist, knowledgeable enough to know it was not possible to catch shingles from someone else with that condition, then asked him a load of personal questions. She sought his name; his address; his private telephone number and (the all important question), whether or not he held private Medical Insurance.  Having received positive answers to all questions, she then invited him to have a seat in the public waiting room.

Some fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide arrived; calling him by name, she again asked him what was his particular problem?.  ‘Shingles’, said Mike. The nurse’s aide measured his height; took details of his weight; asked if he ever had chickenpox in the past and then told him to remain seated in the examination room.

A half hour later a registered nurse came along and asked Mike yet again what was his problem.  ‘Shingles’, said Mike. So the nurse took his blood pressure, a blood sample test, gave him an electrocardiogram (ECG), before asking him to remove all his clothing in preparation for a full examination by the doctor; whom would be along shortly.

An hour later the doctor arrived and found Mike sitting patiently, in his birthday suit. He again enquired as to Mike’s problem. ‘Shingles’, said a now somewhat agitated Mike.  The doctor asked, ‘Where?’  Mike said, ‘Outside on me truck. I was just wondering where you would like me to unload ’em?.’

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2 comments to Major Problems Identified In Our Health Service

  • Michael

    VERY FUNNY. I’D DO WITH A FEW SHINGLES MYSELF.

  • Chris

    Speaking of primary care centres do you remember in the good old days of recession and cut backs when Enda and Noel promised us one?

    Noel Coonan TD said there is good news for Thurles today as the town is listed for a Primary Care Centre in the infrastructure stimulus package which will be announced this afternoon (Tuesday).
    “This is very welcomes news for Thurles and follows my persistent calls to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for investment into North Tipperary,” said Deputy Coonan.
    “The infrastructure stimulus package, announced later today by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, includes significant investments in schools, primary care centres and roads ,” said DeputyCoonan.
    “Vitally, this package will stimulate job creation and restore confidence. The primary care centre in Thurles will provide extra work in the construction sector,” continued Noel.

    http://www.noelcoonan.com/noel-coonan-td-welcomes-primary-care-centre-for-thurles-included-in-todays-stimulus-package/

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