Two weeks here, and already seeing a GP.


English: Entrance to St Bernard's Hospital in ...
English: Entrance to St Bernard’s Hospital in Gibraltar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is the beginning of our third week in Gibraltar. It does not seem possible that the time has passed so quickly. We left on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and now we are at the beginning of Holy Week, with Easter Day next Sunday. Where has the time gone?

Well, this week we have had several interactions with the bureaucracy of the Gibraltar public service. On Tuesday I was not feeling well, so had to go and speak to the Gibraltar Health Service, with which we then attempted to register. Of course, we couldn’t actually do this until we had registered with the Civilian Registration Office. And to do that, when we first went, we found that I needed to register as ‘Unemployed’ with the Employment Service.

But back to the primary care centre, I was able to see a GP despite not being registered fully, and was given some a prescription for antibiotics and an appointment for tomorrow (Monday). I also had to fill a bottle for a urine sample and then walk it down to the pathology department at St Bernard’s Hospital to drop it in myself. I’ve done all this, and been taking my pills, so hopefully the complaint will have been sorted.

Incidentally, the prescription charge here was £2.50. I believe that to be much less than in England, but much more than that in Northern Ireland. For some time we have been fortunate in N.Ireland that prescription charges have been abolished. But in England, I believe the charge to be now £8.05 from 1 April 2014.

Tomorrow I have my second appointment with the GP. Hopefully will be able to update what is going on more after that.

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