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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 25 June 2012

I couldnt beleive how difficult it was to see a doctor!

Woke up today decidedly under the weather. So as most places have a walk in center I searched on Google to find one here in Birmingham. The nearest to show up was in Winston Green, halfway along the Soho Loop. A bit to far for me to walk in the state I was in so next search was for Doctors Surgeries. Plenty to choose from but the nearest to our position was Ladywood Surgery about 5 minutes walk for me. Perfect! Dialed the number and got through straight away. Explained the position that I lived on a boat and could a doctor see me today. and that's when it started to go horribly wrong. First thing I would need to do was register. "Okay" says I, "I will do it when I come for my appointment". "Oh no" says she. "It doesn't work like that You need to register first then we will give you an appointment". "Okay" says I "I'll come now". So off I trots to the surgery, gets the paperwork filled in, showed my driving licence as i.d and gets an appointment for 4.30pm. Now you would think that would be the end of it but oh no! I gets a phone call not long after returning to the boat. "We need a temporary address for you in Birmingham as the computer wont let you on the system" says she.. My reply "I live on a boat so have no address". "Sorry" says she "but the computer wont except you without a post code". How the hell am I going to get a post code? So I say "okay I will walk to the nearest pub and use that". "No" she says "that wont do as we need to know where your boat is parked"." Moored dear" says I "not parked"!!! Anyway eventually I told her the name of our boat, MOORED at Sherbourne Wharf."Will that do" says I. "Sorry" says she "we still need a postcode otherwise we cant see you" .By now I was getting my hair off. I felt like saying "you stupid women a boat moves so can have no postcode". I didnt though because I needed this appointment. "Look|"| says I  "What if I use your postcode for the surgery". Away she went and I could hear her muttering in the distance. Eventually she returned and said the practice manager agreed that it would do. Yipee!!! My appointment stands, thank goodness, now all I need is to return to good health so our travels can continue.

Some photos of last night sunset. 

1 comment:

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

How stupid, I thought it was supposed to be easy to be seen by a GP grrrrrr.

Hope you feel better very soon xxxxxxxxx

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