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Getting a doctors appointment

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by leaskovski, 6 Mar 2006.

  1. leaskovski

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

    Posts: 9,086

    Location: Berkland

    Why on earth can you not phone up for an appointment for tomorrow?? Every time I try they always say, nope, you can only make appointments on the day. Cue spending half the morning trying to get through on the phone!

    National Health Service??? More like National Health Scandal!


    :mad:
     
  2. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,809

    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    what i dont understand is that if youre ill and need to see a doctor you have to wait 3/4 days before youre actually seen by which time youve either died, got worse or relied on your own body's immune system to get better. useless :o
     
  3. Haly

    Woman of Honour

    Joined: 6 Dec 2003

    Posts: 1,794

    3 or 4 days? You're lucky :p
    Round here it's about a week to a week and a half.
     
  4. Rotty

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 41,005

    Location: Notts

    guaranteed same day around here , though has said above this can be a pain for routine stuff where you would rather schedule a convenient time
     
  5. PsiFox

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,798

    Location: Somewhere in the U.K.

    Most surgeries keep a number of slots free each day.
    Try asking for an emergency appointment
     
  6. KaHn

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Oct 2004

    Posts: 13,177

    Location: South Shields

    This normally stops the old biddys wanting to meet their GP for a chat etc. If their is something wrong with me I goto the hospitial I tend not to bother my doctor as its normally ill put it off and off until its is pretty serious :(

    KaHn
     
  7. BrightonBelle

    Woman of Honour

    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

    Posts: 5,570

    Location: London

    Our docs does this too, I think the theory is that people will only phone in if they are really ill, and by phoning in and making an appointment on the day they are unlikely (less likely) to forget the appointment.

    A bit silly though I will agree, though apparently you can still book appointments in advance too at my surgery - v confusing!!!

    BB x
     
  8. Yas786

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 48,615

    Location: All over the world...

    Go private then, thats what ive done...dont use the NHS as its a crap system open to abuse. Yeh with private you pay but its so much better and quicker, this country's health care system leaves alot to be desired for if you ask me.
     
  9. KaHn

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Oct 2004

    Posts: 13,177

    Location: South Shields

    Granted the NHS 'system' is crap but I refuse to pay for a service which is 2nd rate compared to the NHS.

    /waits for the "oh but private is so much better remarks"

    Yet everything done on private health care which is worth doing is done by the NHS, most of their operations are done by NHS doctors the only difference is that the nurses in private probably care less.

    KaHn
     
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  10. Haly

    Woman of Honour

    Joined: 6 Dec 2003

    Posts: 1,794

    Have to admit it is quite funny to watch from here.
    Afaik there's a regulation that means in England they have to book you in within 1 or 2 days to keep to targets right? I'm not 100% because obviously it doesn't affect me in Wales.
    So you lot are moaning that they keep trying to give you appointments on the day while in Swansea, everyone I know is sick of never being able to get an appointment for about 10 days sometimes even longer than that.

    Guess it's impossible to please everyone.
     
  11. nutcase

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,625

    Location: SX, unfortunately

    My doc was fine. I went in, asked for an appointment. Was asked if it was urgent, which I said it wasn't, so was offered one next day which I couldn't make because I was working, was offered one the next day that I could.

    That was my first appointment for 10 years :eek:
     
  12. rogue66700

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,418

    Location: Prescot, Merseyside

    Round mine if you want to see a doctor you have to give 48 hours notice, but you can see a nurse on the day you phone up.
     
  13. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,798

    Location: In a house

    Amazing where do you live, if i phone to make an appointment when im bad i can't get one for about a month, so i just tell em it doesn't matter as ill have recovered by then. :D
     
  14. callmeBadger

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Jan 2006

    Posts: 427

    My Doctors has this system that if you want an appointment for the same day, the have emergenices only 9 - 10 and 1 - 2, you got to phone up at quarter to the start of the slots, 16 mins to and the number says sorry, this service is unavaialbe and lectures you when you should phone back, if you phone at 15 mins to it always engaged.

    If you go and try geting one, they try to see you with 10 days.

    Useless, by that time google and Wikipedia have diagnoised whatever is wrong, and some online pharmacy that you have blocked by spam filters has offered the cure, as well as better sex, and a longer ****
     
  15. rogue66700

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,418

    Location: Prescot, Merseyside

    Also because im registered at the doctor in Uni im not registered at the doctor at home. But if im ill they just say fill in a temporary residence form and im seen the same day.
     
  16. Cuchulain

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Dec 2004

    Posts: 7,627

    Location: Derry

    I know someone who was told she'd have to wait 3 weeks to see any of the doctors in her health centre, the sad thing is she'd found a lump on her breast (which she told the receptionist) which did turn out to be malignant, luckily a call to the health board (or whatever it's called over here) got her an appointment at a surgery elsewhere the same day
     
  17. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,798

    Location: In a house

    I hate those longer schlong e-mails, i get em all the time, i took a photo of my knob once, and replied to one e-mail saying something about does this look like it needs to be any bigger, now stop sending em, but they must be automated or some crap as i still get em, never got a reply about my knob either. :D
     
  18. KaHn

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Oct 2004

    Posts: 13,177

    Location: South Shields

    Why do you think they kept sending you them?

    KaHn
     
  19. iv-tecman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 8,387

    Meh.. You're lucky to have a doctor. I got kicked off the register as I moved two miles down the road. I fell out of their area and sent me a nasty letter saying I'm no longer welcome

    Last year had kidney stones, was in hospital, and I had no doctor to consult with. Tried to get back on a list, rang around ALL the practices in my area now and no one will take me, as they say they are not taking anyone else on.

    NHS direct then assigned me to a practice, and I still have no doctor. I've just given up now. I pay my NI, but I sometimes wonder why. In all fairness though, when I was in hospital, they were nice to me, but the food was aweful..
     
  20. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    The NHS is rubbish, basically. Just like the public transport system, the roads, the police...

    This country is falling apart at the seams, but everyone is too busy watching Freeview to do anything about it.