Imaginary Doctor’s appointment

@Asylum (47181)
Manchester, England
December 7, 2017 7:40am CST
Yesterday I received a text message from my Doctor’s surgery reminding me about my appointment tomorrow at 11-45 AM. It seemed strange because I have no prior knowledge of any appointment. Naturally I telephoned the surgery to ask about this, but despite trying several times the telephone was not answered. I finally decided to give up and try again today, but before I could call today I received another text from the surgery. This time it stated “Your appointment at Fernclough Surgery on 08 Dec 2017 11-45 AM has been changed or cancelled”. The wording ‘changed or cancelled’ is rather non committal and seems like a standard message format. My suspicion is that the original text message was sent to my mobile phone in error, but rather than just say this they prefer to complicate matters further.
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24 responses
@PatZAnthony (11799)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Dec
These things keep us on our toes! Technology is great when it works,
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@vandana7 (57466)
• India
7 Dec
LOL at "when it works" ..that apparently is the mistake of some human who was using technology. lol
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
Even better when used by someone with intelligence.
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@vandana7 (57466)
• India
7 Dec
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@Kandae11 (26840)
7 Dec
It is a bit scary to know that errors are made in doctors offices.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
True, but it seems like the most likely situation.
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• United States
8 Dec
Oh no,I wonder if that text was meant for someone else who now has gone in for surgery only to find out it was cancelled?
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
That was not something that occurred to me, but would be a major problem for someone.
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• United States
8 Dec
@Asylum I have to say I am glad to see you still so active here. How are you doing? Are the treatments working?
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
@Carmelanirel2 I do seem to be improving recently. I am not very active here a present. My combined November and December earnings is just over $2.
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@allknowing (55700)
• India
8 Dec
To err is human but not to admit is inhuman (lol)
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
I like that quote.
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@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Vince gets a personal phone call to remind him of appointments. This never used to happen. I guess people aren't as dependable as they used to be.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
A telephone call would have been much easier because I could have enquired about it then.
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@Hannihar (12533)
8 Dec
So what happened? Did you have an appointment or not?
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
I am assuming not because the time has passed now and nothing else has been mentioned.
@Hannihar (12533)
10 Dec
@Asylum koalemos, so do they text you or write or call you when you do have a real one to remind youi?
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
10 Dec
@Hannihar I have had the occasional text or telephone call in the past, but usually I am not reminded.
@peachpurple (11016)
• Malaysia
7 Dec
try to call them up again just to reconfirm
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
Inasmuch as there is no current appointment it is easier to ignore it now.
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@peachpurple (11016)
• Malaysia
7 Dec
@Asylum glad to hear that
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
@peachpurple Of a new appointment occurs then I will try to make contact again, otherwise there is no need.
@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
7 Dec
The NHS communications systems are utter crap.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
That is difficult to argue with.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
7 Dec
@Asylum It's a shame as the staff are trying to do a good job but it's so difficult to get past the communications barrier. I just wonder how many millions we (taxpayers) have shelled out to whatever company provided this.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
@Fleura It will not be a small amount.
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@just4him (91547)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4h
I think they might be connected with my doctor's office that sends me messages every couple months about an imaginary appointment as well.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
3h
Maybe we have the same imaginary health problem.
@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
6h
they are checking to see if you are Compos Mentus
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
5h
I doubt that because they should realise by now how insane I am.
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@Shiva49 (9535)
• Singapore
9h
They could have told the truth than beat about the bush - siva
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8h
Exactly my opinion.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Dec
Oh well glad you did not have to go after all. Bother with them texting rubbish.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
10 Dec
It would not be so bad if they had answered my telephone calls.
@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
9 Dec
Well if they cancel the non-existent appointment no one has to admit they made a mistake!! Makes perfect sense to me, not my fault they all said!!
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
9 Dec
That is precisely what I think as well, although a simple matter of "Oh sorry, that was a mistake" would have solved everything.
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@tzwrites (3806)
• Romania
8 Dec
Sounds like a mix up on their behalf. It's odd though that they didn't answer the phone.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
The telephone was engaged on two occasions that I tried ringing them so somebody was there but not answering incoming calls.
@AmbiePam (46151)
• United States
8 Dec
Yes, they tend to try to cover up their mistakes instead of easily acknowledging them.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec
Exactly, which does not help anyone.
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@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
7 Dec
Well I sure hope you get it all straightened out.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
Since it has been cancelled or amended I can now ignore it unless it occurs again.
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@Platespinner (18472)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
7 Dec
I haven't had that happen. But I've gotten a couple of "just shipped" notifications after the said item had already been received.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
Oh yes, that is a favourite one.
@andriaperry (32972)
• Anniston, Alabama
7 Dec
I do not do the texts and I insist on a call.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
I would prefer a call because everything can be sorted out at once.
@amadeo (47752)
• United States
7 Dec
I have no idea.Never had any of this problems here.
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
This was a first for me too.
@Destesh (104)
• Kenya
7 Dec
This is weird. But maybe they sent by mistake to your number instead of another number
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@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec
This is precisely what I believe happened, but rather than admit that they send another text and confuse the situation further.