“You’re 12 hours too early,” the receptionist said. A closer inspection of the letter clearly stated 11:10 pm. The look on my face must have been a picture.
So after the initial disappointment, I suddenly became enthused that the NHS was exploring different ways to see more patients and get more out of expensive equipment. After all, I suspect there are large parts of a 24hr period where the equipment is at best underutilised.
I also then smiled at how my brain had done a job of filtering out details it didn’t think were relevant. Hospital appointments are ‘normally’ in the day, aren’t they? I bet my brain isn’t alone in doing this type of filtering, in fact, it’s essential they do otherwise we’d get truly overloaded with things to consciously process.
I wonder if I’m the only person who has made this mistake? I’d like to think not… I also wonder if a small adjustment of using a 24hr clock in the appointment letter might just help our brains to focus on something that doesn’t look right. I’d like to think mine would pick up on 23:10 in a way that 11:10 pm got missed.
In the event, the receptionist took pity on me and managed to fit me in with a cancellation. Now just the wait for the results.