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    Hospital and travel.

    Off to the Fremman Hospital in Newcastle today for an appointment with the neurologist.

    Appointment at 15:10, will need to get the 09:30 bus to get there on time.
    Won't get home till at least 20:30, but more likely 22:00.

    Would be quicker if I didn't have a 25 min wait for the train at Whitehaven and then another 40 mins wait at Carlisle, the joy of our joined up (not) public transport system.

    Will be cream-crackered by the time I get home, see you all tomorrow.

    (Just for extra fun I'm going to get the 8:30 bus and go to the library in Whitehaven to put in a claim for a bus pass).
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    That's a hell of a journey nukecad.I know when my dad had to go from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle hospital it was an all day job and he was lucky enough to have hospital transport .Saying that I don't know if he was lucky because he was picked up at 8AM and sometimes didn't get home until 10PM.
    The plus side for you nukecad the Freeman hospital is supposed to be have a good neurology dept.My cousin from Bassenthwaite near Keswick had a major stroke and he was in the Freeman for months but to see him now you wouldn't think he'd had a stroke.

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    Nukecad, could you have got patient transport? That is one hell of a journey. We have a firm here ERS, I think they are called who do not charge the disabled and have taken someone I know miles to a specialist hospital.

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    Well I got home at 21:45 last night.
    The train from Carlisle to Whitehaven got in 5 mins late so I just missed the bus and decided to pay £12 for a taxi for the last leg of the journey instead of waiting 1-1/2 hours for the next bus.
    One of the extra costs of living in the contryside, not much public transport.

    beau,
    I am not considered 'disabled enough' for hospital transport, which is fair enough - I can manage the journey on my own.
    There are Hospital Transport Volunteers in this area who take people to hospitals in their own cars for a modest fee.
    (But I know the guy who does it from my town, obviously a nice bloke but a boring conversationalist, I could not stand a couple of hours in a car with him).

    barbiejane,
    The Freeman is regarded as one of the best hospitals in the country, and the neurology department is one of the best.
    Indeed it was only after a few years and four other hospitals, with neurology consultants scratching their heads, that I was refered to the Freeman and given a diagnosis on my first visit.
    I later found out the my neurologist, Dr Kirstie Anderson, is one of the best sleep neurologists in the country.

    So, although there is a hospital 20mins by bus from where I live i will continue to take the long journey to Newcastle once or twice a year.

    PS. Didn't see Dr Anderson yesterday, but the guy I saw was also top notch.
    Although he did focus on Aponea a bit which is not my problem, but most of the patients they see at the sleep clinic have Aponea, so fair enough.

    No new meds, doing another sleep diary to record the effects of my condition now I am unmedicated, and he is sending some 'new' monitoring kit for me to use over the next couple of weeks.
    Be interesting to see just what this kit is, I know that it's not a CPAP monitor, he described it as a 'finger clamp' and a monitoring box that straps to the chest.
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    I would think you would qualify for transport, a lot of people in this area do, one woman I was on one with had asthma and others with less severe things, but still able to use the transport. I would think you should qualify, sometimes if you feel you don't and need it your specialist can put in a word and help you arrange it.

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