How Many Times Have You Used The NHS In The Last Decade? Watch

Poll: How Many Times Have You Used The NHS In The Last Decade?
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8.97%
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7.59%
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2.76%
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1.38%
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2 dislocated shoulders
countless sprianed wrists/ankles
screwed knee
countless drs appointments.
dentists.

i like to make sure my mum puts her money to good use [=
id actually hate to think how many times iv been in and out of hospital and drs over my life :/
and thats not even counting visits, and laughing at my brother when weve had to take him down :')
one day one of us will seriously injure ourselfs, more so that breaks, fractured skulls, ruined knees, or dislocated shoulders :')
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(Original post by Dude Where's My Username)
As the title states. A lot is said about the finances (or lack thereof) of the NHS, so I want to see if roughly, people use the NHS far more than they (or their parents if under 18) contribute to it (through NI) or not. Poll for simplicity :yep:

Me personally: 3.

  • 2005: Smashed wrist. X-ray, cast and follow up observational visits for 6 weeks
  • 2007: Smashed mouth (had a fall out with absynth). Stitch up and clean up........thats it.
  • 2009: Smashed forehead. Stitch up, clean up and plasters


I can't imagine any of these treatments cost the taxpayer too much. No operations or transplants required. Infact, I'd like to think my NI contributions covered these. I work!

Also if you like, state what kind of treatments you got on the NHS. I find this topic interesting. Thanks in advance TSR
You do seem to smash a lot.

For I only visited when I had a headache and gastroenteritis, and both didn't receive any treatment.
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once when i was jumping a fence, the spikes were pointing downwards, so as i went to raise my knee over the fences the spkie went straight into it haha, yeh next day went to a&e if that counts
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Got ASthma so been in a few times for that...

Crashed my motorbike and ended up in hospital for that...

Broke my foot so was in for that...

Also had general asthma checkups and other checkups quite a few times...
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Three or four, broke my arm three times and I've had surgery. Can't remember if I've been to A&E for anything else.
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Jabs, monthly prescriptions, yearly and quarterly blood tests. A whole load of shrinks that they forced me to see (or I wouldn't get my prescriptions), that I didn't want to see, and who were not helpful.
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I said more than 6 because I probably have. I've had loads of jabs and such which were on the NHS (though I think a couple weren't) and I've had numerous appointments...

2004/5 - black mark on the back of my shin which was sometimes very painful. They said it would go away even though it had been there for at least a couple of years. It did eventually go.
2008 - visit doctor about intense pain in my right knee when I walk, particularly downhill. He suggested it might be patella tendinitis. Again this was pretty chronic and had been going on for a couple of years previously. He referred me to a physiotherapist. I had three or four meetings there before they essentially discharged me with two pairs or insoles and instructions for some exercises.
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Quite a few, actually.

Started when I was born - they kept me in for 3 days as there were complications of some sort with the birth (I was legally dead for a few seconds, but I've never asked my mum any more as I don't want to upset her). Then for x-rays/observation when I was dropped on my head at 11 weeks (again lucky to be alive). Then nothing all while I was a child, until I saw a psychiatrist at 13 (who was rubbish) and used the mental health services for counselling/family therapy from 13-15. I went to my GP when I was about 16 for a codeine prescription for my horrendous periods (I'm sure you all wanted to know ) and then got an Asperger's diagnosis when I was 17. Then I went to my GP for acne medication and general patronising advice ('I think I'm bipolar' 'Go on the pill!') a couple of months ago. So... 6 separate instances and some ongoing therapy.

I do like to think that I will have paid for it to an extent - I pay NI and obviously so do my parents. It's also not been for anything I could have helped.
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Once, when i chopped my finger off :mmm:
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I can't even begin to count...
Broken knee bone
Hip stretched out of socket
Torn ligaments around hip
Torn tendons in foot
Cut in eye
Infected blister that had to be cut open and treated
Concussion
High blood pressure
Bad bad panic attack
Asthma attack,
Asthma check ups
Contraceptive pill check ups
Anxiety/depression check ups
Ear infection
Swine flu
Laryngitis
Tonsillitis
Sexual health check up
Physiotherapy on back

Theres more but can't think...
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Well I had a brace for a year about 4 years ago
And plenty of free eye tests and dental visits.

One out of the ordinary trip to A&E, I got a sewing needle stuck in me wrist.
My mum had been sewing, and stuck the needle in the arm of the chair to continue later
She then attempted to use the computer, and kept asking me what to do.
I was sitting in the chair, getting angry, slammed my arm down on the chair to get up out of frustration. Que screams of pain...
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Never been to hospital since I was born. However, I do think i'm getting my NI worth because I have the security knowing its there if I ever need it
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My family has been pretty bad actually

I have broken my arm twice - once requiring an operation
And my brother had leukamia for 3 years of constant treatment and, at the longest point, stayed in hospital for around 3 months.

All i know is my family has alot to thank for the NHS and i dont care what people say, our healthcare system is great, you get treated on your needs rather than your wealth.
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GP for jabs, my pill prescriptions and occasional antibiotics for a fairly infection prone ear. I had an ECG but apart from that no hospitalisations.
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I've probably used the NHS dozens of times in the last decade... And even more in the last 2 decades.

In the last ten years...
Probably 10 visits to the GP for various things
1 nurse check-up appointment
A&E when I smashed my head against the door at school
3 injections
6 visits to have laser surgery on a birthmark
12 visits to podiatrists
12 visits to the orthodontists
5 visits to the dentists
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I usually see or contact my GP once a week - for chronic mental and physical problems. My mum's the same. My mum's normally in A&E twice a month, sometimes 3 times a week - when I was a toddler she was in hospital Mon-Fri 9-5 for six months - she takes undiagnosed seziures and often injures herself, has chronic ear problems (inner ear abscesses), chronic IBS, pernicious anaemia, and mental health difficulties - she's in hospital all the time. She's seen the worst of the worst though - a dr once told her to **** off, and a GP once threw a bucket of cold water over her while she took a seizure.

I know a lot of the paramedics in our area, and I know the receptionists at casualty, and most of the drs/nurses. I know where everything is in an ambulance, how they work, how the casualty/triage systems work, the secret routes and shortcuts that the staff use in my local.

In the last twenty years, I've been admitted to hospital for tooth removal.
I've had tooth x rays.
I've had high blood pressure - thanks to a gynaecologist doing a full examination, then getting me to jump down so she could do my blood pressure - it was inevitably going to be soaring.
I've had a pelvic scan.
I've been in A&E twice for difficulty urinating and had a bladder scan and vaginal exam/swab.
I've seen the gyanecologist I think 5 times since 2008 for various skin problems and what they thought might be a collapsed bladder.
I've been admitted to A&E with chest pains - had an ECG, and chest x ray.
Was asked to go for a chest x ray another time due to coughing up blood.
I had 4 ecgs over a few months.
Lots of blood tests, and wart removal.
I've been in and out of the orthodontist a lot - I've lost count of all the x rays, operations and braces...
Also in for OT for dyspraxia..
Also had to see a pyschiatrist - and will have to see him every 3 weeks for a while -
and had six months of CBT..
Also seen two nurse counsellors ...
All the normal vaccines...
Broken leg at age 7 - that was diagnosed wrongly and healed wrongly I think..
Have used NHS 24 countless times for me and mum - they're lovely. GP once spent two hours at our house..
Adenoid removal and all the check ups with that.
Had a ruptured stomach lining as a baby - or nearly, and have to go regularly for anti acids and gastric problems.
Also have to get my ears syringed fairly often.
Lots of injuries that have required dressing.
Mole removal under a local..
lots of antibiotics, antihistamines, and have been on and off the Pill since age 16 - also was on primolout for a while.
Also have to have reviews for anti-depressents, and was once going to be put on anti-convulsants.
May be getting reffered for cystography, and bladder pressure tests through Gyno-urology.
Also had to see a specialist paed. doctor as a child for my dyspraxia.
I had to see the school nurse every fortnight.
Am in the dentist normally every 6 months but right now it's a bit more often.
Have seen nurse a lot for reccurent cystitis since being 6 or 7.
Have had a breast exam due to discharge.

I like it when I go to the GP as I just get called "Linda" whereas everyone else is "Mr/Mrs".. etc. All fairly normal and routine though - nothing hugely exciting. I'm *touch wood* quite healthy.

My sister's also had 2 operations - and countless hospital appts for her asthma, and autism, and dyspraxia/dyslexia/dyscalcula.

In short - we use the NHS a lot.

Negged for that? Why?
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I think the last time I actually went into a hospital was when I sprained my ankle aged 6. But other than that, I just go to my GP whenever i'm feeling ill and thats about it.

I did however have braces for 2 years so you can imagine how many trips I've had to the orthodontists.
you went to hospital because of a sprained ankle? :confused:
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Is this just hospital visits, or are you including visits to NHS GP's and getting prescriptions, and what about NHS dentists?

I'll just count hospital visits for now.
  1. Eye test and operation consultation ages 15
  2. Ultrasound scan of kidneys aged 13 to rule out heretidry polycystic kidneys (which runs in my family)
  3. Eye examination aged 19 and operation consultation
  4. Pre-op
  5. 1st squint correction operation
  6. Post op
  7. Botox op examination
  8. Botox op for post op squint correction (under GA)
  9. 1 month follow up
  10. 3 month follow up
  11. Physio on back


And I'll have another consultation in the summer. Add regular NHS densits visits, opticians examinations (granted only one as I have so many at the eye clinic in the hospital!) and these days I seem to have 1-2 monthly visits to the GP due to diagnosed anxiety and depression, and then the combination pill check-ups every 6 months or so. On waiting list for CBT as well.

I don't pay tax yet either as I don't earn enough. I think I'm getting more than enough out of the NHS. Then half of my family suffer polycystic kidneys and have has kidney transplants, dialysis etc and my brother has juvanile diabeties so he has lots of paedriactics check-ups.

I work in a pharmacy during holidays when I'm home from uni so I am playing a part in the NHS :p:
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None at all.

(Assuming we're excluding the dentist)
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In the last ten years i have had all the standard injections (including HPV cervical cancer ones) and had a big cut in my head glued back together.

Other than that, not alot. Out of the possibly 4 times I have been to the doctors in the last 10 years, with genuine problems, they say something along the lines of 'oh well, you'll live. if its not gone in a month then come back.' I HAVE ALREADY HAD THIS COUGH FOR TWO WEEKS OF COURSE ITS GOING TO BE GONE BY THEN, I WANT SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!!! And then she had the cheek to tell me 3 times in 5 minutes to not smoke, when i dont anyway.

having said that, my time will come when i get my moneys worth im sure. My family have had a few incidents of poor care in the NHS, but thats life as we cant afford to go private. In all honesty, we should be grateful to get anything at all.
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