Last night I was in my local pharmacy, and took my blood pressure a couple of times. As it was edging up to 200, my pharmacist suggested I should go to the Emerge (ER to you Americans,) So I did. This facility was opened last year, and cost a lot of taxpayer's money. So far, I think we got out money's worth. I went here previously when I put a chisel through my finger, but that was only an in and out. They admitted me at 9 PM and ran three sets of blood tests, two ECGs, four blood glucose tests and took my blood pressure every 30 minutes until they were sure I wouldn't break down if I went home. The doctor was the same on that attended on me when I had the big heart attack two years ago, and he's a good, competent guy. He told me to monitor my bp for now, and come back if the high bp seems to be a pattern. I have to see my GP soon, too.
The facility is much better than the old, crowded Emerge. You get a 10 x 10 bay and lots of attention. The staff are excellent, friendly and helpful. Also, I was admitted within 20 minutes, and the death panel didn't even bother to look at me. Good Socialized medicine!