I've said it before, but the care I got when my baby was pushing on my kidneys was amazing.
It's very unusual, so on getting an emergency ob appointment (phoned the day before) the ob sent me for a scan (next day). Then I went back a couple of days later to the ob. She wasn't quite sure what to do. She went off and chatted to the other Drs there who also didn't know what to do. So she called up a renal Dr, while I was in the room. He was at another hospital but said he'd be there in half an hour. She had to explain to him where we were as he hadn't been there before. Even the midwives and Drs there were saying what amazing service that was.
He told me to have scans and blood tests every four weeks, and that if I felt pain I should go to A&E straight away and tell them I need a stent putting in. I would then be referred straight away to his department in the other hospital. He told me that as I was pregnant the stent would be replaced every four weeks.
When I went to book in for my first scan at flinders the lady said 'there is a three month waiting list for renal scans'. I told her the Dr had said I need them every four weeks and they fitted me in no problem. I went for all the rest of my scans at the repat as it's just so much easier there.
Since baby was born I was told to go to my gp and get a referral for a ct scan. When I phoned to book the ct scan they offered me a place the next day. No asking if it was urgent etc, that was just their next available appointment.
Since birth I've had to go to the physio. I did have to wait four weeks for that first appointment, but Christmas and new year fell over that wait, so I wasn't totally suprised.
All in all, other than the first gp I saw when I got pregnant, every experience I've had in the public system in the last year has been wonderful.