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AIBU to be intensely irritated by the touch screen system at my doctors that displays "ARRIVE ME"

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WetAugust Fri 14-Aug-09 00:42:50

Makes me soooo angry even before I get in to see useless GP angry

GrinnyPig Fri 14-Aug-09 00:46:01

oh god no - I love it - took DD1 to Gp this evening and it meant I didn't have to speak to Pauline the receptionist...

NoBiggy Fri 14-Aug-09 00:47:18

"arrive me"?

poshwellies Fri 14-Aug-09 00:47:28

The only thing that pissed me off is I stand at the screen and almost 9 times out of 10, forget ds's birth date and look like a bumbling idiot.blush

Ours says 'welcome' not 'arrive me'-how odd?!

PrincessLayer Fri 14-Aug-09 00:58:22

YANBU We've had this godawful thing for ages. Depending on which screen you are on the mere hint of a whisper of a touch sends the screen to the next page, and then the next screen you have to lean all your weight on your thumb to get it to progress.
There is no "back" button so if you do hit the wrong thing by accident you are stuck with the choice.

Last time I took DD2 she was wittering and I was distracted and put her DOB as month/day rather than day/month and "arrived" someone else, so re-did it and found myself still sat there 20 minutes later listening to poor Mrs Smith arguing that she'd not been late for her appointment and she had not arrived 20 minutes previously. blush

Stupid bloody machine it is.

Ah. I feel better for that.

PrincessLayer Fri 14-Aug-09 01:02:57

Yep "Arrive me"

Go through screens then it says:

You are Mrs A B
CD1 34E

*big ARRIVE ME button*

(Yep, just title, initials and postcode)

Firawla Fri 14-Aug-09 10:01:47

Yabu i like those machines, much more convenient

sweetnitanitro Fri 14-Aug-09 10:06:14

YABU, I too am pleased that I no longer have to speak to the grumpy receptionist grin I'm not sure about "Arrive me" though...

abraid Fri 14-Aug-09 10:07:09

I don't even know what it means.

Has 'arrive' become a transitive verb suddenly?

msrisotto Fri 14-Aug-09 10:14:41

It's got to be a really badly translated version of foreign software!

mustsleep Fri 14-Aug-09 10:17:28

I like the machines saves queueing and the receptionist giving you daggers cos you have beaten her system and actually got to see a doctor lol

but I also find that my mind goes blank and I am for some reason unable to recall my own DOB let alone the kids grin

MmeLindt Fri 14-Aug-09 10:19:32


I agree it must be poorly translated foreign software, but surely the clinic staff noticed?


Bleatblurt Fri 14-Aug-09 10:19:43

I don't like the sound of those machines at all. Surely there's lots of elderly people that are a bit wary of new fangled stuff like this. I sometimes am and I'm only 28! blush

It takes all of 8 seconds for the receptionist to mark you down as arrived and ask you to take a seat.

Ceolas Fri 14-Aug-09 10:20:51

"Arrive me"? hmm

Glad we don't have such a thing. Must be horrendous for elderly folks.

RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 10:21:45

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Mumcentreplus Fri 14-Aug-09 10:25:31

Arrive me?...ok weird..we still have a grumpy receptionist grin

CyradisTheSeer Fri 14-Aug-09 10:29:18

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steamedtreaclesponge Fri 14-Aug-09 10:29:32

We have this too! I agree, v weird English but I do like using it. Although I always forget and stand in front of the receptionist, then spot the giant sign above her head telling you to use the machine blush

IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern Fri 14-Aug-09 10:30:32

I have only been registered at my surgey for a few months and have so far turned a blind eye to the automatic thing I stand and wait for the receptionist, most people do actually only seen one person use it at all.
So YANBU horrible things.

PrettyCandles Fri 14-Aug-09 10:33:47

I like them. I do find "Arrive me" quite funny, even though I'm normally a strident pedant.

Our system does have a 'back' button.

shelleylou Fri 14-Aug-09 10:37:26

everytime without fail i go to put in my surname initial for ds instead of his surname initial

zipzap Fri 14-Aug-09 10:39:12

'Arrive me' is definitely a duff term to have on there and liable to scare people off if they are scared of technology anyway and piss off anybody who can speak english. Have you mentioned it to the receptionist to see if they could get it changed?

However they are very convenient for avoiding speaking to grumpy receptionists or if you arrive just before your appointment and there is a really long queue waiting to talk to the receptionist.

Because you know that the later you are, the longer the queue is and although it will only take 8 seconds for the receptionis to deal with you, it will take them much longer to deal with each individual in front of you who will need to book an appointment but they are not sure when or want to ask lots of questions and then you definitely will end up late.

Longtalljosie Fri 14-Aug-09 10:40:51

It never occurred to me to be annoyed by the mangled English. I'm too busy being smug when I jump the queue, tell the computer I'm here, and am already deep in a six month old copy of Marie-Claire by the time the rest have verbally told the receptionist they're there...

IsItMeOr Fri 14-Aug-09 10:43:03

I don't mind them in general, but ours is in human speak and the older people can still talk to the receptionists.

But I hate, hate, HATE the way that (some) computer programmers abuse our beautiful language - and don't believe it is because it is poorly translated (most of them work for Microsoft or similar US companies, don't they?), this is just the way that (some) programmers think.

DH and I have regular discussions about the appalling computer systems we both had at our different workplaces. Poor use of language and apparently not tested very much at all...although had to love the automatic confirmation of an induction course (for office-based admin job) that told you to bring your moped with you grin.

candyfluff Fri 14-Aug-09 10:54:41

you are being unreasonable - i love it ,much less hassle and the one at out gp surgery even tells you how much of a delay you may have

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