Getting to London withouht going there
Hi to everyone.
I just wanted to let you know that in the current climate of no domestic ability s to text for XMRV you don't have
to get to London to get an XMRV test, you have to get your blood
There is only one realistic way in the UK to pull this off (unless you have a sympathetic GP who will let you 'use' the practice
nurse or even allow a home visit).
Here is a tiny guide how to do it in the UK:
Getting the blood out:
Arrange a private Nurse visit to your house, I did this. Cost was 30.
How? Contact the BNA
. (British Nursing Association). They are very helpful
and will put you in contact with someone in your region. It may take a few attempts
but patience is a virtue.
Now, if this is not available, or if you are mobile outside the home, and/or can travel in car/ambulance.
Phone nearest private Hospital or private GP clinic and pay to see a private consulation with a GP.
This will be problematic to some degree, unless you have a good relationship. Not impossible, just tricky.
Here you need to explain the situation, and get access to either the doctor themselves taking the blood
there and then, or arranging a Nurse. Cost would be potentially around 200 or more.
It would be advisable to phone first explaining the situation, rather than just go to the 'booked' GP
Getting the blood to:
Ask parent/carer/friend to travel to central London via any means possible.
Most sensible due to traffic congestion and extreme lack of parking (short of finding an NCP car park
or indeed 'booking' a car space) would be to use the train.
Biolab is near St Pancras Central Station. Either get off here from your destination and used Taxi/Walk/Tube train.
If using the tube train, get off at Regents Park and walk/Taxi. This is much quicker than walking directly from
St Pancras main station.
If unable to find an individual and if funds allow - book a motorcycle courier or contact a medical courier company.
The costs may be considerable and may 100's of pounds. Hence the 'train' route method above.
Understanding time limit:
From looking at the VIPdx form, I test positive despite the blood taking over 24hrs to get there.
The point is to limit as much as 'wasted' time as possible. If train is quicker than car, take then train.
For reference my blood took 5hrs to get from my arm, to the clinic in London.
The Nurse left the house, and within 1hr my helper was on a train, cuddling my blood safely.
No need to freeze, no need to 'spin'. The company in London can do that.
So organise, plan and think well ahead how you will get the Nurse/or travel to a private GP/Hospital
to have blood drawn and who is taking over from there. Is a seperate person then being handed your
blood and going ahead to a train station whilst you return home? Try and save time.
Appologies if this is all 'obvious'. I just want to let you know that even if you're bed bound, with forward thinking
and (importantly) money and ability for others to help you - one can get their blood to London without leaving
Thank you and Good Luck on any missions you go on!