Re: Being Remote (was 'Balloch!')
- From: fergus <ferguscapewrath@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:28:30 +0100
On Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:52:31 +0000 (UTC), Rosie Smith
>Ah yes, but think of this: Here the primary care team (GPs etc.) have
>smaller lists so tend to know people better. After all, they are likely
>to meet their patients at the hairdresser, the gym, the shops etc. (since
>there's only one of each). So, provided you get a good one they do more
>for you directly, since they can't always just pass you down the line to
>somebody else. Services like counselling are home-grown, and there's no
>waiting list. (There are a few extra worries about confidentiality, of
>course, but generally they know this so it's a belts-and-braces approach
>and very professional.)
I guess the key point is whether you get a good one. If you do then
that's great but if you don't then you're stuck with them. I do like
the idea of living in a small community where most people know each
other. I live in what is called a village, but isn't really.
>We are, apparently, further away from a hospital psychiatric unit than
>anywhere else in the UK. We have a visiting psych who comes one afternoon
>a month. All of this means that local services try that bit harder and
>make themselves more accessible, and think outside the box, usually to
>the patient's advantage.
Sounds like it works well.
>Both me and my hubby need support services of different sorts, and these
>have been given with great sensitivity and true concern. OK, so sometimes
>these things are arranged by GPs leaning over their garden fences to see
>the neighbour who just happens to be the local such-and-such therapist,
>and almost everybody is on first name terms, but usually it's lovely.
That sounds very appealing.
>I lurk here and read all these posts from people who are in desperate
>need of counselling, CPN visits etc. etc., and have to go on huge waiting
>lists, as if need were a negotiable thing that could wait. And these
>posts are oftem made by people in big cities where you would think that
>resources would be better. I weep for you sometimes, really I do. Here we
>don't always get a therapist who has exactly the right job title or the
>'right' experience or training, but we do get people, and that's what
>counts, I think.
Resources may be better but so is the demand. And there is the
pressure for centralisation which means that we might have to travel
just as far as someone in a rural area to get what is needed. If they
do keep services local, even in remote areas, then that has to be
>> I'd guess it's less nice in the winter...
>Well, yes, it can be exciting sometimes. Last January's storms for
>instance. The wind and the rain can be so noisy, and sometimes we get
>power-cuts and the like. But most people here are self-sufficient to a
>degree, and after last winter many many households bought generators
>'just in case.' We do tend to hibernate a bit in the winter, when simply
>popping outside for a bucket of coal can become an epic.
>Our links to the 'outside world' are surprisingly good. If you can get to
>Inverness (2 hours' drive) then easyJet will get you to London Luton (OK,
>maybe not a great idea just now) or Gatwick or Bristol in an hour and a
>half, for stupidly low prices, especially in winter.
I took advantage of just such a cheap flight to get up to Inverness.
I'm fortunate to live near an airport - not close enough to get
aircraft noise but close enough to be able to drive there in 20
minutes. So far I've used them to go north rather than south but maybe
when winter comes I'll head to the warmth when I can. I must admit
that a direct flight to Egypt, even given the current troubles, is
>No, sorry, wouldn't do a swop with any one else!
If you like it, go for it!
"Just because my disability is invisible that doesn't make it any less real" Henri Nouen
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