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travelsafar Fri 30-Oct-20 08:04:58

Anyone else watch this last night. I was horrified at the 'drama' around a blood test being performed on a woman who clearly was very distressed by it.
What upset me was the fact she had bought her two sons into the room who witnessed the whole thing. Enough to put them off 'needles' for the rest of their lives!!!

Lucca Fri 30-Oct-20 08:07:50

Zapping around in boredom yes I did. She could easily have left them in the waiting area.

PamelaJ1 Fri 30-Oct-20 08:27:45

Didn’t watch it last night but I have seen it and been very jealous.
Those GP’s seem sad their patients off for further tests at the drop of a hat.

BlueBelle Fri 30-Oct-20 09:08:51

I did and I felt the same as you even if I was totally terrified I would have bit my tongue and never in a million years would I have put that show on their young shoulders. the older one looked a bit bored by it all, but the younger one was very supportive of his mum and a horrific show of selfishness on her part i wanted to shake her and say grow up you’ve been through childbirth twice and this is only a little prick (excuse the pun)

Ellianne Fri 30-Oct-20 09:27:11

Why do so many of them traipse half the family into the appointment with them? I can understand taking a partner along, especially if the patient is forgetful or seriously ill, but a family outing no way!

Georgesgran Fri 30-Oct-20 09:38:18

I felt very much the same about her ‘behaviour’. I’m dentist phobic and have sedation (due to a horrific childhood experience) but my girls never knew and both are ok with any treatment. I did wonder, if it might have been appropriate for the Nurse to suggest that the boys stayed in the waiting room?

Lucca Fri 30-Oct-20 09:49:32

I’d hope never to have let my children see me that upset over anything

Ellianne Fri 30-Oct-20 09:58:16

I do often think, with all the advances in modern medicine, that by now we should have found a better, less painful, method to draw blood.

Jane10 Fri 30-Oct-20 11:53:32

I remember biting my tongue and smiling 'cheerily' as our jolly GP showed my 5 year old how to remove the stitches from my back!! (I'd had a mole removed).

Luckygirl Fri 30-Oct-20 11:58:08

I did wonder how she had managed to get through childbirth.

I agree that she should have left her sons in the waiting room. Frankly I could not see what all the fuss was about; but was trying to think charitable thoughts! grin

B9exchange Fri 30-Oct-20 11:59:36

I wonder why the woman wasn't given an anaesthetic cream to apply an hour beforehand, if she was known to be that phobic. It is difficult with young children, must better to leave them at home or with a neighbour or a friend if you can, but some don't have that option, and you can't leave children unattended in a waiting room.

I spent part of my life as a medical secretary, and would occasionally take on childminding duties while the mums had their post natal examinations, don't think the staff would have the time these days, and no doubt safeguarding would come into play too.

Callistemon Fri 30-Oct-20 12:00:10


I do often think, with all the advances in modern medicine, that by now we should have found a better, less painful, method to draw blood.

Was it just a phial of blood or an armful?
I do always look the other way but it is no more than a little prick 😀

I'm glad I didn't see it, I would have got annoyed with her

Gwyneth Fri 30-Oct-20 12:04:29

Me too Callistemon. Any pain, if at all lasts seconds and I always look the other way.

glammanana Fri 30-Oct-20 12:16:19

I'm not too fond of needles myself but would never show my dislike to my children as she did,on the sleeve of her jacket she was sporting a Red Cross Ambulance motif so she must have had experience of seeing people having needles but if she is frightened there is nothing to be done poor thing

Deedaa Fri 30-Oct-20 17:21:40

DD's boss (a professor) has a needle phobia. His wife is a doctor. She had to go and fetch him one day because he had passed out at the dentist. Apparently she hustled him out while hissing "How can you embarrass me like this?" Never marry a doctor if you're looking for sympathy grin

Jane43 Fri 30-Oct-20 18:55:06

We watch this programme every week and I had the same reaction to this woman and I also wondered how somebody who had two children could have such an over the top reaction but I suppose a phobia can have this effect on somebody.

I think the patients of this practice are very fortunate in the range of services they get. DH has suffered for years with ingrowing toenails and even though he is a diabetic our surgery have been unable to give him any sort of podiatry service. So he has been paying to see a private podiatrist who is trying to give him relief from the ingrowing toenails but he will probably eventually have to have the same procedure the young man had in last night’s programme. It will cost my DH over £300 to have the same procedure the young man had at his GP surgery. He could try to be put on the NHS waiting list but the waiting list was 18 months when he enquired and is probably longer now.

Callistemon Fri 30-Oct-20 20:12:00


Me too Callistemon. Any pain, if at all lasts seconds and I always look the other way.

"You may feel a small scratch" grin

Well, no, nurse, it's more like you sticking a pin into me!
But she's nice and chatty so I forgive her.