“You want an emergency dental appointment?” the voice repeating what I had just asked at 08.50 today.
“We have to save those”, she said.
“For whom or what?” I asked.
“They’re saved for NHS 24 patients. ❓ We haven’t got today’s slots yet.”
“Where are you just now?” She asked me.
“I’m at home”
“Oh, then you can’t take the 9am we’ve just had cancelled.”
” I could get to you just after half past nine, barring hold-ups” (me being hopeful)
“No, that won’t do. There’s nothing else available today. I can give you 11am tomorrow” (27th January 09).
” Yes, fill the slot with me so I don’t lose it, then I’ve got something to ask you.”
The slot being safely filled, (all the receptionists have access to the same schedules)I got back to my topic.
“Do you think” I asked, “I should now phone NHS 24 and ask for an emergency slot?”
“No, you shouldn’t do that because the emergency slots are saved for people who may not be registered with a dentist. Besides, there’s no guarantee you’d get an emergency appointment”. :**: