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« on: July 31, 2017, 01:28:57 PM »

Hello everyone,

First of all let me make a huge apology for being away from the forums here for well over a year if not longer. This hasn't been intentional it's just been a combination of things going wrong with everything from health, House moves to Internet change overs etc.

But one bit of news is I finally got myself to re-check those groin pains with the doctors here at the out of hours and after they referred me the same night next door to the surgical assessment unit and after much pain getting pocked, prodded etc along with extra appointments for an ultrasound with then another appointment for an MRI scan they were able to tell me their is no hernia although that's where things fizzled out as I should have had an appointment for the pain management clinic and not heard anything yet and the pain is still going and disrupting sleep etc.

Now I hope you don't mind me asking you all a question as I don't know if we have members here from Scotland? But due to the fact it's not just me having trouble getting help from the local hospital & GP etc we've been told by my cousin that she is very happy with the health service in Scotland so Dad and I are wondering about moving up there ourselves at some point?

Now my main thing is do any of our members from Scotland have any areas they would recommend us to look at? With the area being so vast it's hard to pick any areas without local knowledge. but our main criteria would be access to a good A&E as well as access to a Neurosurgical hospital as well as the obvious like good doctors & transport links etc.

Of course we would be being careful to go for safe areas but I'm not sure where would be safe & where wouldn't be? 

I'm kind of feeling guilty asking this since I've not been here for such a long time. I just wish my body had let me be here more often instead of making me sleep whenever it's decided to crash out on me as that seems to be more frequent these last few months. Since my body has decided it wants me to do lots of this:  bedtime2 bedtime2

But if anyone has any words of wisdom to my Scottish areas question that would really help. As maybe moving up there would give Dad & I access to a better doctors system for both of us to manage our health.   
Sorry again guys.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts & to my being here a bit more often.

Best wishes

Lordbark  smile

       
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 02:09:35 PM »

Hello again Lordbark. I am sorry I cannot help you with the Scotland issue as I live about as far from Scotland as you can (far west of Cornwall) but I remember you from before and wanted to welcome you back.

Roger is starting some posts about improving health - maybe that will have something useful for you, if not specifically Scottish based. I hope someone from Scotland will post for you soon.  smile
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 04:52:05 PM »

Hi agapanthus,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome back to the forum. I really appreciate you've taken the time to post for me considering the fact I'm been away so long. I will definitely have a look at Roger's posts you've mentioned. Thanks for your help on my Scottish query.  Although Cornwall is nice too although I've never been down to visit there my Dad did before I was born. the closest I've done was sitting on the computer and having a look via Google's street view camera.

That being said I've never been to Scotland either and there is only so much I can learn about an area I've never been without asking someone who lives there.

But honestly agapanthus a big thank you from me for your kind & warm welcome back to the forums smile 

     
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 05:33:35 PM »

And welcome back from me, too, Lordbank, but sorry, I'm not in Scotland either. Fingers crossed that someone here will be and be able to help  fingerscrossed
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 10:06:00 PM »

Hi Roger,

I just wanted to thank you for your warm welcome back to the forums. I had wanted to come back here and say thank you but my body has been crashing out on me again with a combination of IBS & chest pains so I seem to have been needing extra sleep to try and let the body repair itself.

I do hope you are ok and thank you again for your kind words Roger they really are appreciated.

I've not really made any progress on the Scotland thoughts myself either at the moment. But our boxes are arriving tomorrow so they will be available when it gets to the time of packing once Dad & I need to start doing that later in the year.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2017, 10:43:05 PM »

Hi Lordbark, welcome back.
The main Neurosurgical hospital in Scotland is officially called the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow I think. The hospital has recently been very extensively revamped and added to. It was previously called the Southern General, and most of the locals continue to call it that despite the name change. As the old name would suggest it is on the South Side of Glasgow just passed Govan.
However, it is very hard to advise someone else where they should live, as a lot depends on personal preference for e.g., countryside, seaside, suburbs, town, city; whether they drive or depend on public transport etc. I live in quite a rural area, and while there are many benefits to that, because I don't drive I do feel that it compounds the limitations of my illness more than if I lived somewhere more central - on the other hand, there is relatively clean air, and quiet peaceful nights. If you are able, I suggest you and your father take a little trip north, see a few places and see if anywhere particularly appeals, and then make more specific inquiries. As I'm sure is the case elsewhere, there are good an bad areas throughout the country, sometimes only a few streets apart!
Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2017, 11:39:35 PM »

Hi CeeDee,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome back to the forums & for your kind words in regards to Scotland too.  It's good to know about the Queen Elizabeth Hospital too especially with it recently being revamped & added to. I think to be honest our preference wouldn't be wanting to be out in the Countryside as we don't drive and have to rely both on public transport as well as frequent taxi's. We lived in Rural/Coastal wales once and while that was pretty peaceful what wasn't so good was the lack of public transport (Apart from the semi-decent trains.) plus the costs of taxi's was steep to get to doctors & A&E etc.

So I think we would be looking at something along the lines of suburbs or a small town as long as it's got access to a good hospital with an A&E as well as the other basics like a good train service as well as a reasonable taxi option for travel when needed for local rides to shops etc or to connect with trains etc.

I have started looking at some of the local adverts for rentals up in Scotland to get general ideas and then look at the local news for that area as one advert for a house rental in Irvine kind of put me off a particular street due to the crime on that particular housing area but like you said there is good & bad in any areas. Even where we are now is nowhere near perfect not when we get noise, Anti-social behaviour or someone deciding to throw up in in our wheelie bin due to the lack of alley gates since the council said they don't have money in the budget to add extra gates to area without them.

Lucky for us we do have my cousin who has been living in Scotland for a while now and has said she would be able to advice on areas as well so when we start looking once we've done some saving over the next few months as it will be a longish time before we are ready to move from here anyway. So that gives extra time for research.

Doing a trip up to Scotland to have a look at some areas sounds like a good plan and I think we would be making sure to do some pretty careful checks before we took on something we later regret. the only thing that would stop us doing too many trips for house viewings would be any health flair up's & costs of train fares although as long as I keep my rail card alive that should help minimise the cost a little bit.

When you mention Glasgow is that somewhere you've had experience of? Is Glasgow classed as a rough or dangerous place? Or just as safe/dangerous as any other large city?

I can understand how your location can make things worse for health and limit things as it did that to me in Wales if I wanted to do anything even if I felt well enough it kind of too expensive both in cash terms and health energy etc. Plus the fact it was easy for mice to get into the Bungalow didn't help either. Well that and the high winds leading to power cuts etc.

Sorry CeeDee, I've rambled on a bit here in my reply and I hope it's making some sense as my pain levels are going up again at the moment.

But honestly a big thank you for your reply and kind helpful words of advice too as they really have helped me.

Thanks again & I will try and post again when I get a bit further on with things.

Best wishes

Lordbark  smile     
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 03:27:51 PM »

Hi there,

I live in Glasgow and would be happy to answer any questions that you have if you are still looking for answers.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2018, 05:18:36 AM »

Hi kittenmittens,

Thank you so much for your kind offer of help. To be honest I wouldn't know where to look in Glasgow or Scotland as a whole. I don't know what our plans are now but I do know we plan on moving at some point this year we just need to save for the moving van as well as the associated expenses. I would hope to be able to do this properly & try to make wherever we move to into a good home.   

I know it sounds weird but is it true that Scotland has recently made changes for people who rent from a private landlord so tenants don't have to pay admin fee's when taking on a tenancy? Plus I did read somewhere that private renting in Scotland has become more secure with tenants being allowed to stay as long as they wanted to as long as they are good tenants? I hope I'm not getting anything wrong it's my head being tired trying to remember what I had been reading. (I think it was on the housing charity Shelter's Scottish page.)

Also can I ask what the general support for people with disabilities & health problems is like up in Scotland? My cousin lives up there & is happy with the health service etc. But I was wondering what you think of services yourself? 

When I've looked at adverts for private rentals there does seem to be a good choice it's just hard to know where to look & obviously there are some restrictions if tenants need to get help with rent but I was trying to come up with some ideas as we are in the North West England at the moment & our local area seems to be getting bad now with anti-social behaviour & noise so time to move on & attempt to get under a good hospital & doctors surgery too.

I did look at some of the adverts for places in Hamilton & Wishaw but when I looked at the local news I was kind of worried at some of what I read. But not knowing anyone with wider local knowledge I'm coming up against a mental road block of where could be good or bad. 

I don't think we could move to the far north of Scotland. I even looked at Wick once but I had to discount that one when I found out about the limited rail service which is kind of sad as the house looked nice.

That's the thing for us wherever we end up we would need access to a good local hospital with an A&E. with access to a good neurosurgical department. But also with a good train service with access to good shops etc. We don't drive so trains & the odd taxi are our main sources of transport.

That's probably a big kind of list to think about but I wouldn't know where to look. Maybe taking Glasgow as an example are there areas you would say are ok & safe to live? Or are there are areas you would recommend I avoid?

We started off in Chester originally & moved a few times now & most of those moves has been down to poor choice of areas so I would hope to do it properly this time & find somewhere good in an area that's safe to live.

I'm sorry for such a long reply. But I really appreciate you taking the time to reply & any advice & thoughts would be very helpful.

Thank you again kittenmittens,

Looking forward to hearing from you (But make sure your own health is ok first.)

Best wishes

LordBark  smile

PS, I'm sorry for anything that might sound odd or spelt weirdly as my brain is a bit tired now.       
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2018, 07:03:51 PM »

Hello again Lordbark,

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland so access to things here is going to be a lot easier than in the country or suburbs.  But, like any city, it's got a lot of people in it, there is antisocial behaviour and noise, but you're going to find that in any city, so it's weighing up the pros and cons of living in a city as opposed to elsewhere really.

Pro's are there is plenty of transport, the subway system is small but good, if you live near a subway station it's great for getting into town and going to various other places in the west and south of Glasgow.  There are loads of buses, they are a bit of a nightmare but I think that's just buses in general.  There are lots of trains too, so if you live near a train station you'll be fine to get most places in the city.

Cons are the noise and antisocial behaviour, but if you can live in a good area and avoid town on Friday and Saturday night it's not so bad.  The news is always going to write about bad stuff.  It doesn't report on people living quiet lives in the better bits of the city.  But a lot of bad stuff does happen, but that's the same anywhere really.

People seem to say 2 things about Glasgow:
1.  It's a violent city - this is true but it's mostly people fighting amongst themselves about football and religion.  You can stay away from it without much trouble.
2.  It's a friendly city - Glaswegians help each other and anyone else who lives here.  Ask anyone directions they'll give them to you, they'll ask if you're alright if you're looking unwell, that sort of thing.

Most areas in Glasgow are quite mixed, and have good bits and bad bits.   The best areas are in the Westend, and some of the Southside, but I'd avoid the North and the East  End.  If you tell me specific areas you are looking at I can try and tell you what they're like.  However, as with everywhere, the good areas are expensive and the not so good areas are cheaper, so it's also down to your financial situation.

I rent from a housing association (a council house) a I'm not sure about the legislation and rules for private letting, so I can't be much help there I'm afraid.

My experiences with the health services have been mixed but I've always been able to see specialists and get GP appointments and that sort of thing.  If you're looking for access to specialists in reach of public transport then a city is probably your best bet.  But there are other cities in Scotland, it doesn't have to be Glasgow, but I don't really know much about them I'm afraid.  I've lived in Glasgow all my life except for 4 years when I lived in Stirling so they're pretty much the only places I could tell you about (and I haven't lived in Stirling for 13 years now so any info there wouldn't be recent).

Not sure if any of this helps in any way but feel free to ask me any questions you might have   smile

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 01:50:56 AM »

Hi kittenmittens,

Thank you so much for your help with this. It's good to know access to anything you might need is good. I know what you mean as there is a lot of people in my area now too with good & bad areas. I think we've been burnt here once too often with bad areas since we are in a rough one now but the previous one was worse as well as a major road over the road, we had someone using our from garden as a toilet using our hedge as cover plus a neighbour who (As Dad said at the time.) sounded like a siren from a German U-boat through our wall.

Now here we've had people causing trouble or dumping rubbish at the back & side of our house as the council can't or won't pay to install gates at the entrance to the alley. But aside from those problems it's getting medical help that's being hard here for both Dad & myself.

I'm glad you have a good transport system. Do all the subway stations have staff? I'm sorry for asking such a silly question. It's good to know there is a good bus network. Although as you say buses can be a nightmare which is why I've tried to stick to trains as at least they are pretty good at getting from A to B faster than sitting in traffic.

It's good there is a good train service. I know this is another weird question but do your local trains still have a conductor or guard on-board? I know it's weird asking that but that's another one of our reasons to look at moving as our local rail system is soon getting new trains without guards so I was just curious as I read somewhere that Scotrail have kept their conductors? But I wasn't sure if the same applies about the local Glasgow trains?  

You are right about the news writing about bad stuff. As that probably helps with their sales targets for selling papers. My local paper is just as bad doing this as they seem to focus more on the negatives than the positives. Or maybe it just feels like it when I read their online website as I don't buy the paper now. Plus our free paper doesn't even deliver to my street so I have to download that onto my kindle or pc to read.

I'm glad Glasgow is a friendly city. with people helping each other out. In a way violence can happen anywhere and people would probably know less about it if it wasn't for the newspapers.

I will have a look at the West end & the South side & see what adverts come up on places Zoopla & Gumtree. It would probably be a long while to save up for the move to Glasgow or elsewhere though as I don't know how much it costs to move up to Scotland from here. Although as a comparison we once lived in North Wales & were given a price of about 900 to 1000 to move from North Wales up to Newcastle. Sadly that didn't happen as we found out the move would have cost too much as we had started to look a bit too early. So now it's a case of saving again first.

We used to rent from a housing trust ourselves in Chester but ended up needing to move when my brother decided to move out. So going private was faster getting a move than getting stuck in a tower block or something from the housing trust. One of the things I do kind of miss from Social housing is being able to do mutual exchanges as those made moving easier.

I'm not sure about anything to do with Stirling that's in the north of Scotland isn't it? I'm just going on memory from previous exploration with google maps.

So far in the past  I've looked at Adverts in Wick, Shotts, Wishaw, Hamilton, Falkirk & Irvine. There are a few other areas but my mind is hitting a fuzzy blank wall right now.  bang head

I'm glad you are able to see GP's & specialists when you need to. Here it seems to be a reluctance to help if Dad or I have gone for help with a GP although the hospital can be both good & bad it's like my referal to the pain clinic my local hospital said they would sort things out & they haven't done it yet Plus the ongoing issues of hospitals sending letters to the wrong address even after we update our details

Is there a hospital you would say that's the best one to use?  

But honestly a big thank you kittenmittens, My reply does feel a bit disorganised so I hope it makes some sort of sense as I've had a pretty bad health flair tonight with my CFS. But I still wanted to say thank you for taking the time to help me with this even though your not well yourself now.

I hope this weekend is being restful for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Lordbark  smile

PS I'm sorry for any spelling errors etc I may have missed. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2018, 08:27:57 PM »

Hi Lordbark,

No such thing as a silly question, if you need to know something how else are you going to find out except by asking someone!  The stations all do still have staff, not a lot but one or two people is the ticket booths.

I don't live all that near to a train station so I don't use them that much so I'm afraid I can't help you with the conductor question.  But you could maybe e-mail or phone someone at Scotrail or Glasgow Central Station and ask.

Stirling is just North of Glasgow, about an hours drive, so still Central Scotland. 

With regard to hospitals some specialise in certain things so you go to that one for that, otherwise you are sent to your local hospital, so I don't have experience of all the hospitals.  I was referred to my local Endocrinology department but didn't like the Endocrinologist there so I got a recommendation for a different one at a different hospital and was referred there no problem, so I think you can ask to go to specific ones as long as that hospital does the specialisation that you need.

With all hospitals and Dr's I think it just depends who you see.  If you don't like who you see, ask to see someone else next time.
CeeDee mentioned in their reply that the main Neurosurgical Hospital in Glasgow is the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital (I can't confirm if this is the case), this is the hospital I go to to see my Endocrinologist now and it seems good to me, lots of lifts and escalators, people to help you find where you need to go. that sort of thing.   Lots of buses go to it and you can get the subway to Govan and then get a bus from right in front of the subway station that takes you to the front door of the hospital.  I'm not sure about trains.


Thank you for saying thank you, we seem to be helping each other out which is what support forums are all about   smile
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2018, 02:04:08 AM »

Hi kittenmittens,

That's a good thought about my silly questions in some situations 'The only why of knowing is by asking' lol That's good to know about ths staffing in the ticket booths. It's kind of like my current local rail operator there as Merseyrail do have staff in the ticket offices. Maybe about two or three with maybe the odd extra person on the plateforms depending on if it's a busy part of the network or not.

It's weird in a way as they have even started to run their own combination shop/ticket office at some stations. So in the past we've ended up using that as a corner shop as well as getting trains. At least they haven't gone the whole way into shop mode to sell milk & bread. But at least they sell snacks & drinks as well as other bits & pieces.

I will definetly ask Scotrail about the conductor question. I will have to look at the Strathclyde trains as well as I think I read they don't use guards but have ticket inspectors onboard for doing checks & customer service duties.

I don't why I mixed up on where Stirling is. Maybe it's from my past of exploring google maps if I spend too long on there maybe my brain gets tired and it's maybe mixing up Stirlings Location with somewhere else.

I think your local hospitals work the same as ours as for most things you go to your local general hospital unless it's more specialist then you get transfered to wherever has what help you need. It's good if you can ask to go to specific hospitals if you have a preference. Here in England they run the choose & book system where you can choose any hospital in your local or slightly wider area providing you don't mind traveling.

It's weird as as well as North Wales we lived in West Yorkshire for a while & they used to allow a wider choice of Choose & book hospitals as where we where I was offered Neurosurgical referals in Leeds, Sheffield or Salford in Manchester. But then weirdly I was still to be kept on the patient lists in my Current neurosurgical hospital in Liverpool for out-patient clinics.

Another thing I was going to ask is do you have to wait a long time to get a referal if your GP says you need a test at hospital or something?

The West Yorkshire thing was after we left Chester so we were still finding out what to do with health & things after that.

It does look like Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the one that handles the neurosurgical side of things since they have 5 wards that specialise in this.

It does look like a good hospital I just need to spend some time exploring the website when I'm more able to focus with a less fuzzed up head. But from what I've seen so far the Queen Elizabeth Hospital seems to be a lot bigger than the new build they are making over in Liverpool.

But I'm glad they have people to show you where to get to places. Along with the lifts & escalators too that's all good.

I forgot to say I'm glad you were able to ask for that referral to a different Endocrinologist I hope the new one was & or is able to help? Sorry you've probably already told me what they are doing but my head is pretty tired/fuzzed right now.

I'm glad it's easy to reach for you though with the buses & subway. Where I am now my neuro hospital is only two trains away but we've switched to taxi's now as I think we were both getting fed up of the way the trains kept going wrong on the way home either cancelations or other weird things like being terminated part way kind of annoying so getting a cab was the better option. I think the time the train was terminated in Sandhills in North Liverpool was kind of the final straw since that part of Liverpool is a pain to get picked up at if the trains get screwed up as the private hire cabs get swamped or else the one we ordered just pulled up took one look and drove off again luckily we went further up the road & were eventually able to get a black cab to stop for us. So at least we were able to catch our connecting train home.

It's me that should be thanking you as you've done so much to help me even though you are fighting your own health. You've still taken the time to reply & help me out so much like you have. So a big thank you for everything you have said & done for me.

I do hope you are ok today & taking all the care you need of your own health too.

Looking forward to chatting again soon.

Best wishes

Lordbark  smile






 
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2018, 03:43:35 PM »

Hello Lordbark,

With regards referrals to specialists and the like, the maximum waiting time is 3 months and it does usually take that long, although sometimes it can be a bit shorter.

The endocrinologist is dealing with my hypothyroidism, the first one wouldn't prescribe one of the types of hormones I wanted to take, but this one will, which is good.  He is somewhat at a loss about why I'm so tired, but he has referred me on to a placer called The Integrative Care Hospital.  It seems they deal with ME/CFS (although this wasn't actually mentioned by my endo).  They mostly do alternative therapies, theraputic massage, Mindfullness CBT, that sort of thing.  So I'm going to see what they say about everything.

Yeah, the subway is excellent, I've never known it to be cancelled or off, it only has 2 lines and they both go in a circle so if one line has an issue then you can just get on the other one and it will take you where you need to go, just taking a bit longer to get there.  I just wish it was bigger!   Maybe not quite London sized, but a few more parts of the city would be great.

I'm glad to be able to help you.  Anything else I can help you with just let me know  smile

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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 02:28:16 AM »

Hi kittenmittens,

That's good news about the 3 month waiting time being a maximum one as here it can be longer than that sometimes although I've just looked at my local hospital waiting times & they can be the same as yours. I think it was in Wales that Dad needed a referral & they told him it was a 6 month wait or longer. But saying that where we were in wales it was basically one of the worst health boards for that area.

I'm glad your new endocrinologist is willing to help with the treatments you want to so this is really good news. I'm glad he has referred you to the Integrative Care Hospital. I do hope they can help & that work with you to find something that will help you. Just take your time & see what feels right for you.

When I got my diagnoses of Chronic fatigue they basically gave me a leaflet to read about the condition and offered group appointments to sit in a group with other patients & talk about how the condition was effecting us. We lived in Chester at the time and they wanted me to go over to the Eastern area of Liverpool for this (Broad Green Hospital) so not really that good with it being two trains & a cab at either end. So in the end I couldn't really see what they could do. I was dreading them basically saying 'Ok you have this now why don't you get on with it'

Ok they may not have said this if I had gone in but every time I've tried extra treatments it's back fired like the time I went to the specialist Neuro-Physiotherapy section in Chester & in the end they had to stop treatment as they could see it wasn't really helping although they did all they could to help at the time.

The worst one I had to be honest was when we first moved to Wales & the doctor at the GP surgery basically said she wanted to do referrals for all my medical conditions that we already know I have so what made her think to test for them again?

Plus the fact it would have meant getting around North Wales to various clinics if she had done this with the added costs that would bring. An example of which is I once accidently had a corneal abrasion in my left eye & the doctor in A&E decided they wanted me to follow up with the Abergele eye hospital which was between 3.3 to 5.2 miles away. But for Wales that's not bad distance wise the worst part is we phoned up & they said 'Sorry we don't have any record of you having an appointment' This is after the local A&E was supposed to have done the referral.

As a side note for Wales while sitting in the waiting room we heard from another patient who had to travel 16 miles from Llandudno to our local A&E I think they said they were being charged 40 each way for a taxi. Since the local hospital in Llandudno doesn't have an A&E department patients have to go elsewhere for help.

It's good to know about the subway being a good system. I did a bit of looking online about that last night & did you know they are planning to bring in new driverless trains to the subway in a few years?

I can't remember an exact date. Apparently they are using the same company that are building our local trains.

I think the article said the new Glasgow Subway trains will at first run with drivers but will at some point be run without a driver. I'm not sure what to think of that so I was wondering what you think?

Maybe I'm just over thinking this but being stuck in a tunnel on a train that may have stopped but having no on-board driver or guard would be a bit uncomfortable if anything delayed the train in the tunnel.

The Subway does have a good map though like you say it can still get you where you need to go as you can go either way.

Here our Merseyrail network is pretty good to as we only have two main lines the Wirral Line covers my area & has 4 branch lines plus the Liverpool underground loop. Then over in Liverpool itself they have the Northern Line which has the main Northern line from Hunts Cross to Southport via the two  Liverpool City Centre underground stops but then also has the two branch lines to Kirkby & Ormskirk. Plus our Wirral Line loop serves both of these so you can easily swap between lines via the lift or escalators.

I used to like the system a lot till they announced the plans to remove the guards & since I've had a lot of help from them it's not been a nice feeling knowing they won't be there when the new trains come in 2020.

Sorry kittenmittens, I've kind of rambled on a bit there but I thought it might be interesting for you if I explained a bit more about where we are now & see what you think.

I can understand you wishing the Subway was bigger though at least it would help you travel easier & not have to worry about buses too much. I don't think I could navigate a tube the size of London though we did that once from Euston to Waterloo as a tube transfer between trains & that was bad enough as it was a Sunday & still packed with passengers basically a Sunday on London Underground would basically be classed as a rush hour crowd up here on Merseyrail so still very busy.

But once again let me say a big thank you for all your help & kindness & I will let you know how my research goes for new places to hunt for a house move but just keeping all options open too. Just to see what's out there.

But like I said not moving for a while yet anyway as we need to save for the van & any deposits although we already have the boxes so at least we have those to start with.

I hope this week continues to be a good one for you.

Make sure you are ok & getting all the rest you need.

Looking forward to chatting soon.

Best wishes

Lordbark  smile

PS, I just wanted to say that if I'm ever late in a reply don't worry its just that my heath may have crashed or computer problems etc. But I will still reply as it's good chatting together.                     
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2018, 09:45:48 PM »

Hello Lordbark,

Well, living in a city does mean it's easier to get to appointments and things, that is one of the upsides.

Yeah, I'm not keen on driverless trains, I would like there to be a person in charge down that tunnel with me, but I'll wait and see if it happens, sometimes they say this stuff but it never comes to pass.

I totally understand about taking a while to reply sometimes due to energy levels and what not, as that is exactly what happened with me this week. 


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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2018, 01:04:00 AM »

Hi Kittenmittens,

That's certainly true about being able to get to a appointments easier in a city as when we lived in Rural Wales it was pretty annoying trying to get to appointments as the buses were pretty bad in certain areas but thankfully we had access to two large cab firms with plenty of drivers so if one had no one free we just called the other one. The only downside was we moved in on the tail end of the summer so the roads were clogged so not good if you had a doctors appointment or train to catch.

I think with these driverless train ideas it's going a bit too far as if it was me I would prefer to have both a driver & a guard it's not to be weird or anything but I've kind of felt it's better for myself & other passengers if the guard is on hand so if something happens like a delay or incident the driver can focus on talking to control while the guard would have the time to make announcements or even walk through to help any passengers in need of help even if it's a bit of advice on delays or alternative routes etc.

Sorry Kittenmittens, I've rambled in a bit now so better stop as I don't want to write something that makes no sense Or I accidently repeat something I've already posted.

I'm still in a crash mode right now I'm doing things just on a very low level at the moment. But I do hope you are ok?

     
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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2018, 04:45:35 PM »

Yeah,  that is one downside to the subway, there's no guard, so if anything happens you're on your own.  And in future maybe no driver either, seems like a really bad idea to me.

I'm in crash mode too at the moment, just doing what needs to be done, resting when possible, but I'm okay, getting by.
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2018, 04:40:03 PM »

Hi Kittenmittens,

Thank again for your reply as I know things get rough with health while in a crash mode. I do agree with you about the subway. I think the lack of a guard as well as driver in the future that's a bit of a worry for me so I would probably just stick to using the mainline trains & the occasional taxi. At least with the Scotrail mainline trains they have retained their guards as far as I'm aware but in the Strathclyde area I read they don't use guards but each train has a ticket inspector on-board (I would just hope they are trained if anything went wrong or passengers needed help etc.)

I know here having our guards is good for me when I use the trains as I can take my time getting on & off as I know the guard won't shut the doors till they are clear. Plus they have helped me in the past if there has been a problem on the journey with delays or anyone on-board has caused hassle etc.

That's why I got annoyed when I found out they plan to go driver only when the new trains come onto my local network  38

With those thoughts I need to do some digging about on twitter sometime as I will try & get my head less fuzzy so I can ask their customer service staff on.

At least having those answers will be good when planning & looking at where to move

Sorry Kittenmittens, I hope you are ok & what I've written makes some sort of sense as I think I need to go & attempt some more sleep soon. But I still wanted to try to reply so you know I'm here & hoping you are ok.

I hope you are resting & getting plenty of sleep & rest.

 
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2018, 07:17:52 PM »

Hi Lordbark,

Sorry for the lack of reply.  Things have been hard recently.  I hope you are doing okay.
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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2018, 03:43:55 AM »

Hi Kittenmittens,

Please don't worry as I've been hoping you were ok. As I know this whole thing with Chronic fatigue can be draining so I understand completely. I'm really sorry things have been hard for you recently. I just hope you are getting all the rest you need when you can?

I would have replied sooner but my stupid email service decided to dump the notification of your post into the spam folder & I didn't see it at first till I checked the folder.

Things for me have still been a bit rough but to me that's an a way the new normal & I won't moan about that as I know there are people much worse than me with their health.

I've just had the usual things of headaches, muscle pain, lack of sleep & a few other bits But sadly I missed my out-patient clinic appointment in Liverpool as health just wasn't up to that. My body just wanted sleep & I'm still trying save up some energy for a haircut journey.

Sorry Kittenmittens, I'm rambling on again. I do hope you are getting plenty of rest & sleep too?

Still no real news on our house move yet as I'm still looking at areas but as soon as I get some more news I can let you know. I just wish that when I read hospital ratings for our English hospitals they wouldn't have a  fair few marked as 'Requires improvement' etc.

I do hope you are feeling ok as well as you can be & I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way.

PS I'm sorry if anything I've typed makes no sense etc. As my head is fuzzed again right now.

Looking forward to chatting soon.

 
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