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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 10:52   #1
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Waiting time to see a doctor at your surgery...

...just phoned my local surgery for an appointment... EIGHT DAYS!

What on earth is the point in that?


They've build a brand new purpose built building for our local surgery, spending God knows how much. Maybe they should have put a fraction of a that money towards a couple of extra GPs

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 10:55   #2
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1) It's free. Go private if you want it speedier (I've had to £££).
2) It's a labour government, vote someone else if you actually want a country that works.
3) It's the NHS, bloated funding that's mismanaged, and over-managed by too many managers.

Imagine if you were actually really ill (I'm not saying you're not).
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 10:57   #3
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Eight days, ouch.
I've always had same day appointments, it's good here. (It's also a public surgery)
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 10:59   #4
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It depends on what you're going to see them for at the moment tbh they're still trying to cope with all the cold and flu victims that insist they have somthing worse


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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:00   #5
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8 days is terrible
If i am lucky it is the very same morning

However, as far as dentists go, i had to go private (nothing worse than tooth ache [sp?])
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:00   #6
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With our surgery if you ring up first thing in the morning you normally get to see them that day, if they can't fit you in then the Doctor will call you and do a telephone appointment. If it is just a general "Need to chat to the doctor about something unimportant" then it will be anything up to two weeks.

If you need to talk to a Doctor and your own GP is unavailable, give NHS direct a ring, they can be quite good.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:01   #7
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My local surgery always answer the phone with "What" and ALWAYS slam the phone down. Doesn't matter how many people work in the reception, they have always done it. I don't have to wait 8 days though.

The excuse is that if you're really ill, go to A&E. It's sad they do not realise all serious illness isn't always aparent on the outside. If you need a blood test it'll take a further 7 days to get results, by which time it couldbe too late. Oh well.

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:03   #8
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Never had to wait more than 48 hours to see a GP.

If it's serious you can usually ask for an emergency appointment for the same day, or call NHS Direct to see if your NHS Trust provides for example a GP service at your local hospital. Alternatively, find a new GP - 8 days is too long tbh.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:05   #9
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I have to book two weeks in advance.

However, if you phone before 9 you can always get an appointment on the same day in my GPs surgery.

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:06   #10
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1) It's free. Go private if you want it speedier (I've had to ).
2) It's a labour government, vote someone else if you actually want a country that works.
3) It's the NHS, bloated funding that's mismanaged, and over-managed by too many managers.

Imagine if you were actually really ill (I'm not saying you're not).

Thatcher mucked the NHS into her free-market asylum, but achieved only an absurdly cash-starved organisation competing with itself.

And its still trying to get back to how it used to be when I was a lad.


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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:07   #11
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I phoned my local practice up this morning and drove up there - saw a doctor within 15 mins.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:08   #12
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Same day where i live now but when we lived in Elgin it was rare to get one the same week. That's when you could actually get through before 13.30. After then they would'nt take any appointments until 09.30 the next morning. You then had to keep on trying to get through before 13.30 again. pathetic it was. Much better now i am in the village. We even have a little hospital.

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:10   #13
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that's mental, i couldn't believe it when my gf said she'd have to book for 'tomorrow'

i can see my local gp within 2 hours, or call out if it's really bad.

do people just visit A&E instead of get a faster service or something?

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:10   #14
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Eight days is messed up. Last few times I've been to doctors its been normally next day or sooner

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:12   #15
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Where I live you can only book the day before, so the wait is only 1 day max.

The reason the NHS is so crap is because there are so many takers and not enough givers (workers paying taxes). Don't vote labour!

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:14   #16
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GPs are utterly useless. Mine referred me to a hospital consultant. A month later I had the appointment and they said they would send the notes to my GP with the blood results and biopsies to advise if it was anything more serious than they thought it was.

A month after the hospital appointment I still had no answers so called the hospital. The GP surgery had returned the results to them saying "He isnt our patient" despite THEM referring me in the first place!!!

They resent the notes and even told the GP what prescription I needed. I turned up at the GP a week later to pick it up and they said they couldnt prescribe them to me as the date was 01/12/09 on the letter which they said was at the start of December BEFORE my hospital appointment so did I really go to hospital? I told them to look at the date of the hospital letter again and look at the year. It was, for some reason, in american date format but they failed to notice that

She couldnt even remember speaking to me earlier in the week about it all on the phone when SHE asked me to come in to pick up the prescription from her personally to get it sorted!! Sigh
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:21   #17
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It depends on what you're going to see them for at the moment tbh they're still trying to cope with all the cold and flu victims that insist they have somthing worse
Oh indeed, one of their questions was, 'is it a serious'. Now, me not having a medical degree, I therefore having no idea if a cough with pain (muscle?) down my side, and a metalic taste (when coughing), which can be caused by blood, is 'serious' or not...

I'm phoning their duty doctor... It's daft! Eight days!

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:23   #18
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Never had to wait more than 48 hours to see a GP.

If it's serious you can usually ask for an emergency appointment for the same day, or call NHS Direct to see if your NHS Trust provides for example a GP service at your local hospital. Alternatively, find a new GP - 8 days is too long tbh.
I have no idea if it's serious or not... That what the GP needs to do. NHS Direct cannot really diagnose from symptoms, so said to talk/see my GP...

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:25   #19
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that's mental, i couldn't believe it when my gf said she'd have to book for 'tomorrow'

i can see my local gp within 2 hours, or call out if it's really bad.

do people just visit A&E instead of get a faster service or something?
Mine's not quite that good, I have to usually wait upto 5 hours or so on a working day.


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it's quicker for me to drive from Cardiff to St Davids to go to the doctor than try and get one up here in Cardiff

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:28   #21
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It is no more than two days and if it sounds serious then by the end of the day.

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:37   #22
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Oh indeed, one of their questions was, 'is it a serious'. Now, me not having a medical degree, I therefore having no idea if a cough with pain (muscle?) down my side, and a metalic taste (when coughing), which can be caused by blood, is 'serious' or not...

I'm phoning their duty doctor... It's daft! Eight days!
Why that makes my blood boil, mah left arm go numb also I taste copper!

*thud!*


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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:40   #23
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With my local surgery, you have to ask for an appointment on the day you want to see the doctor, but 99.9% of the time they don't have any appointments for that day left. But do they give you an appointment for the next day or the day after? No, its not their policy. They tell you to phone up again at 8am the next day to see if they've got any for that day, which they never do...so on it goes...

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I have no idea if it's serious or not... That what the GP needs to do. NHS Direct cannot really diagnose from symptoms, so said to talk/see my GP...
If you're worried then I would have told the receptionist that it was serious! A non-serious appointment for me would be something like my annual asthma review being due.

Did you tell NHS Direct that you couldn't get an appointment for 8 days?
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GPs are utterly useless.
Too True. I went through months and months of crippling back, leg and neck pain, so much so that I was in tears most days and couldn't manage sitting at my work desk for more than 10 minutes at a time. Then my hair started falling out.

I saw my doctor 4 times about it, telling him that it must be something to do with the pills I was taking at the time. He completely dismissed my thoughts (I'm not a doctor after all, I don't know what I'm talking about!) so he just gave me pain killers, which didn't work. After the 4th visit and the same discussion, I decided to take myself off the pills.

And whadda ya know, all my pain vanished in a matter of weeks

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Eight days, ouch.
I've always had same day appointments, it's good here. (It's also a public surgery)

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:59   #27
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Our local sugery has two systems:

Doors open at 9:00am (queuing usually starts at 8:30).
You go in, register and you can see either the first available doctor (quickest option) or if you specifically want to see "your" doctor then you'll be given the first available appointment - never had to wait more than an hour.

Alternatively phone up in the morning and get an appointment in the afternoon.

The only time I've failed to get an appointment same day is if I hapen to need a doctor on a Tuesday (my doc isn't in on a Tuesday) as due to my medical history it is a lot easier to see the same doctor each time.

Over the past 18 months I've had some pretty bad things happen to me: pneumonia, PE, diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, found to have hypothyroidism however the NHS have been top notch.
My GP was excellent and did all she could and once she was out of her depth she passed it on.
I'm under two specialists at two seperate hospitals - again my out-patient experience has been amazing.
I've aso had a couple of stays in hospital, two seperate hospitals and once more my stays were perfect.

The NHS comes under a lot of fire - I'm pleased to say my experience with them has been great.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 12:01   #28
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Our surgery is exactly the same Stoofa, run's a drop-in session in the early hours of the morning but there is no warning on how long you may be waiting, or who will see you.

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 12:07   #29
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I've rung up at lunchtime and had an appointment same day, if you don't mind which doctor you see. If I want to see a particular doctor than usually 2 days wait, unless he's on holiday

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yea tbh I can get same day appointments. Its only if i want to see a particular doctor then I might have to wait a day or two.

Change Surgery tbh


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