However, it was not until more than a year later, in December 2022, that she finally had her appointment. There, the surgeon told her that the wait time to get just one knee replaced would be 150 weeks – nearly three years.
But by then, Stock had already had one of the operations – at a clinic in Lithuania.
She is part of a surge in British patients who are travelling abroad for orthopaedic treatments. Spiralling NHS waiting lists are driving a British medical tourism boom in Europe.
Like, oooh, I dunno, not having a Stalinist monopoly? Where you don’t have to worry about whether the service delivery in three years time is in the morning or afternoon as the plumber’s coming in the morning.