So I had to have a blood test, and I was told to go to another clinic a couple of miles away. I duly went, arriving on the dot of my appointment.
I went in, and was confronted by a large notice saying PATIENTS FROM XXXX PRACTICE (mine) PLEASE CHECK IN AT RECEPTION.
Oh OK, that makes sense. But there’s only one receptionist on duty, and she’s having a long conversation with the guy in front of me. There’s a barrier with a post which says WAIT HERE AND RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF OTHER PATIENTS.
I duly wait, but get more and more anxious. I am now late, and the guy in front of me goes on and on.
At last he leaves. I wonder if I should wait to be called forward, but the receptionist is busy with her computer. I march up to the desk.
Lo and behold, there’s another receptionist round the corner, completely hidden from view up till then.
Can I help you?
So you should have checked in at reception. You are now 8 minutes late.
I was here on time. The notice said I should wait.
You should have checked in.
I hate it when people don’t respond to your comments, but simply go on repeating themselves.
I would have, but I couldn’t see you.
Go and sit down.
I do so, and am eventually called by the nurse. I tell her why I’m late.
She stabs me.