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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
just curious at what peoples doctors are like for keeping to appointments. the past 3 times i have been to my surgery they have been an hour behind, i just dont understand how they get so behind, 5 or 10mins isnt so bad but an hour, its the same when i go to the nurse for my sons injections, people are in and out within 5mins but yet i didnt get seen for nearly an hour. i dont know if its because theres only one doctor at the surgery. but i find it a joke having to wait long.
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I never have to wait at my doctors and am usually seen early!! I don't know a single other person this happens to....same at the dentist as well. They are very small practices (one doc, one nurse) so don't know if that makes a difference!
banned 1 Like #2
To be fair, here they shoot you if you can't be cured within 10 mins
#3
my dentist is great, but the doctors is a shambles, weve only just moved to this one a couple of months ago but looks like we will be changing again, i made an appointment while i was in the surgery for my son for the following day or the day after but on the day i couldnt make it so i rang to cancel it and she said there was no appointment made for me, so good job i didnt go.
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They only get about 7 minutes per appointment during which time they have to write up their notes.

Good doctors take their time to find out how you are instead of rushing to write a prescription.

Be grateful that yours is one of the good ones and take a book to read.

(That's why you're known as a patient! ;))
#5
Depends on which Dr you see at ours.

Some will give you the allotted 10 mins and then get rid of you, they work to time.

The others will give you all the time you need to go over what's wrong with you (within reason), they can get way behind.

Personally, I see the one's that give you time to explain why you're there. You may go in late, but you don't get shoved out the door before you've told him why you're there. . .
[mod][Moderator] 2 Likes #6
Emergencies crop up, gp's are often called out on urgent visits, nurse's will be called to see someone who needs a dressing put on open wounds etc, I'm quite happy to wait as I know if my family needed treatment as a priority we would get it. We have the best free at point of service health care in the world.
If you don't like the waiting times ask to speak to the practice manager or change Dr's.
#7
I took my daughter last week for an appointment and had to sit and wait 3 hours, i was fuming, try keeping a 3 year old occupied in a doctors for 3 hours.... Impossible!
#8
the doctor here is one of these that sits and looks at you and is waiting for you to diagnose yourself, i dont mind waiting up to half an hour but when that passes i start to get peed off, i would probably be seen quicker in my local walk in centre.
#9
nkje02
I took my daughter last week for an appointment and had to sit and wait 3 hours, i was fuming, try keeping a 3 year old occupied in a doctors for 3 hours.... Impossible!

wow that is a long time, i think i would of walked out and gone to my walk in centre, your probably more likely to pick something up waiting in the doctors that long.
#10
i have to wait about 45minutes...its a joke i totally agree!!
banned#11
Poor management.
#12
You'd think they'd monitor the average time to deal with a patient and alter the appointment times to suit the patterns over the last 12 months say wouldn't you. Amazes me too.
#13
Never heard of a walk in centre, don;t think we have any around here. Was so angry, there was another little girl waiting she was there when i got there and still there when i left. I think its terrible.They must have known there was a long wait but don't think to inform us of it.
pink-ka
nkje02
I took my daughter last week for an appointment and had to sit and wait 3 hours, i was fuming, try keeping a 3 year old occupied in a doctors for 3 hours.... Impossible!


wow that is a long time, i think i would of walked out and gone to my walk in centre, your probably more likely to pick something up waiting in the doctors that long.
#14
The problem is that my doctor is too lovely a guy - He checks up on how the rest of my family is, and spends hours just generally chatting to me about school etc...

Thats how they get so far behind...

Get an appointment early on in the day, or straight after lunch to get as on time as can be ;)
banned 1 Like #15
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.
#16
If everyone was happy to be chucked out after 10mins with a doctor then they could run on time. The patients I cant stand dealing with are those that come and moan the doctor is 20 minutes late, and then spend 20 minutes in there with him.

To be fair though they only moan once. When I give them the choice of being chucked out after 10 mins with the doctor or shutting up and waiting for their appointment they usually go quiet.

People expect all the time in the world to be spent on them, but don't give 2 s**ts about anyone else.
[mod][Moderator]#17
Go private - pay and you won't have to wait.

Be grateful we have a health service that is free!

Time before last when my son saw his consultant, we were in there over an hour, the people waiting didn't complain or moan, because they knew if they needed extra time that day or another, they would get it.
#18
in my surgery it does say if you need more than 10mins for your appointment then just let them know, my partner went this morning his appointment was 9:50am and didnt get seen for nearly an hour so he had an early appointment and they were still behind, i know they have to write reports etc but surely they should factor this into the schedule to keep things running smoothly and not have a big hold up in the seating area where its normally warm and great place for germs to spread. luckily i dont go often unless i really need to.
when my partner went to the chemist over the road to get his prescription it was £7.40 and if you wanted to pay by card its a 50p charge if you spend under £7.50, thats another joke aswel,shops shouldnt be able to do this or if they do it should be a set price for every shop, some shops ive been in its a charge if you dont spend over £3 or £5 but never £7.50.
#19
Went to an outpatient appointment today and had to wait about twenty minutes, not that bad.

I also have to have blood tests every four weeks to check some medication levels (been doing it for years) and I wait maybe a minute, sometimes they wave me in just as I'm entering the doors so I don't wait at all. Probably because they know I'll be no problem and I always turn up to my appointments.

Edited By: Ungreat on May 04, 2011 13:58
#20
wishihadadonkey

Be grateful we have a health service that is free!


Only free for the people that have never paid any tax..

The walk in centres are a good idea.



Edited By: RickT on May 04, 2011 15:20
banned#21
To be fair, If you really ill enough to need to see the doctor, its not as if your well enough to do anything else but sit around doing nothing anyway
#22
have a wait of 10-30 mins after appointment time. To be fair IMO it shows the doctors are taking there time with each person. I'd rather it go like this than having to stick to 5 minuets on the stopwatch appointment then you get kicked out
From experience its reassuring that I can see my doctor and not feel rushed into leaving and not getting every little problem assessed.
#23
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that!
[mod][Moderator] 4 Likes #24
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.

Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that!

Was going to answer this ^^^, but really it just doesn't justify wasting my time on explaining it.
Hope the whingers on this thread are never in need of a prolonged appt with their gp, there but for the grace etc.
I've worked for the NHS for over 22 years, in my humble experience, most GP's and other healthcare professionals are amongst the hardest working people, they do not sit there and deliberately keep their patients waiting, they are treating as many people as possible within the confines of their and the health services budgets, in an ideal world people wouldn't have to wait, but we don't live in an ideal world, however our countries health service is far better than many others and will treat you all for free at point of service. ( please remember that your tax and ni contributions doesn't just fund the nhs )
banned 3 Likes #25
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that
!

Are you really that stupid that you dont understand the difference?

I've seen some dumb statements on here...........


and its not about the justice system! Try reading the news to see how much the NHS spends on missed appointments to get the drift. People should be prepared to wait for a bit to maximise efficiency.

As wishihadadonkey rightly said, do you really think the consultants are sitting around doing **** all to prolong your appointment?

you, of all people should realise the benefits of care in the community!

Not everyone is a 10 minute session!

Get over it! Start giving back rather than being a taker all your life.
#26
csiman
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that
!

Are you really that stupid that you dont understand the difference?

I've seen some dumb statements on here...........


and its not about the justice system! Try reading the news to see how much the NHS spends on missed appointments to get the drift. People should be prepared to wait for a bit to maximise efficiency.

As wishihadadonkey rightly said, do you really think the consultants are sitting around doing **** all to prolong your appointment?

you, of all people should realise the benefits of care in the community!

Not everyone is a 10 minute session!

Get over it! Start giving back rather than being a taker all your life.


Are you in fact the stupid one. why do you assume I have been a taker all my life? As I am on benefits now? Wow why do you assume everyone on benefits is a long term thing.

You seem to have a silly one sided idea of pretty much everything.

Of course the NHS wastes so much on appointments every year that doesnt justify what they do.

So when my dad had to go to hospital for a operation 2 weeks ago and got there at 7am and at 11am was told he wont get seen till 7-8 at night that was because they were putting extra effort into others? The other 3 times they cancelled it with less than 24 hours notice?

That out of the dozen of so appointments i have had with doctors in last 2 years each time no matter how ill I was to be told to take something like ibruprofen and being out of room in under 2 minutes was them working hard for me?

Dont be quick to judge as you have automatically assumed worse case scenario off the situation and dont see the craziness in double standards of surgeries.

The point is that if I didnt turn up for appointment for whatever reason valid or not, if the doctors were a hour or more behind anyway I wouldnt of had help anyway, its similar for lets say I arrive dead on appointment time to be told I cant get seen yet the doctor could be really behind.

It would be understandable if the doctor was working dead on time.

Dont be a sheep and just stick up for a figure of authority and think for yourself for once.
banned#27
ryouga
csiman
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that
!

Are you really that stupid that you dont understand the difference?

I've seen some dumb statements on here...........


and its not about the justice system! Try reading the news to see how much the NHS spends on missed appointments to get the drift. People should be prepared to wait for a bit to maximise efficiency.

As wishihadadonkey rightly said, do you really think the consultants are sitting around doing **** all to prolong your appointment?

you, of all people should realise the benefits of care in the community!

Not everyone is a 10 minute session!

Get over it! Start giving back rather than being a taker all your life.


Are you in fact the stupid one. why do you assume I have been a taker all my life? As I am on benefits now? Wow why do you assume everyone on benefits is a long term thing.

You seem to have a silly one sided idea of pretty much everything.

Of course the NHS wastes so much on appointments every year that doesnt justify what they do.

So when my dad had to go to hospital for a operation 2 weeks ago and got there at 7am and at 11am was told he wont get seen till 7-8 at night that was because they were putting extra effort into others? The other 3 times they cancelled it with less than 24 hours notice?

That out of the dozen of so appointments i have had with doctors in last 2 years each time no matter how ill I was to be told to take something like ibruprofen and being out of room in under 2 minutes was them working hard for me?

Dont be quick to judge as you have automatically assumed worse case scenario off the situation and dont see the craziness in double standards of surgeries.

The point is that if I didnt turn up for appointment for whatever reason valid or not, if the doctors were a hour or more behind anyway I wouldnt of had help anyway, its similar for lets say I arrive dead on appointment time to be told I cant get seen yet the doctor could be really behind.

It would be understandable if the doctor was working dead on time.

Dont be a sheep and just stick up for a figure of authority and think for yourself for once.

the fact you have been to the doctors over a dozen times in the last 2 years suggest you are a taker. That plus the amount of threads you post about being a lardy etc etc
#28
csiman
ryouga
csiman
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that
!

Are you really that stupid that you dont understand the difference?

I've seen some dumb statements on here...........


and its not about the justice system! Try reading the news to see how much the NHS spends on missed appointments to get the drift. People should be prepared to wait for a bit to maximise efficiency.

As wishihadadonkey rightly said, do you really think the consultants are sitting around doing **** all to prolong your appointment?

you, of all people should realise the benefits of care in the community!

Not everyone is a 10 minute session!

Get over it! Start giving back rather than being a taker all your life.


Are you in fact the stupid one. why do you assume I have been a taker all my life? As I am on benefits now? Wow why do you assume everyone on benefits is a long term thing.

You seem to have a silly one sided idea of pretty much everything.

Of course the NHS wastes so much on appointments every year that doesnt justify what they do.

So when my dad had to go to hospital for a operation 2 weeks ago and got there at 7am and at 11am was told he wont get seen till 7-8 at night that was because they were putting extra effort into others? The other 3 times they cancelled it with less than 24 hours notice?

That out of the dozen of so appointments i have had with doctors in last 2 years each time no matter how ill I was to be told to take something like ibruprofen and being out of room in under 2 minutes was them working hard for me?

Dont be quick to judge as you have automatically assumed worse case scenario off the situation and dont see the craziness in double standards of surgeries.

The point is that if I didnt turn up for appointment for whatever reason valid or not, if the doctors were a hour or more behind anyway I wouldnt of had help anyway, its similar for lets say I arrive dead on appointment time to be told I cant get seen yet the doctor could be really behind.

It would be understandable if the doctor was working dead on time.

Dont be a sheep and just stick up for a figure of authority and think for yourself for once.

the fact you have been to the doctors over a dozen times in the last 2 years suggest you are a taker. That plus the amount of threads you post about being a lardy etc etc


Lol what world do you live in, how on earth does going to the doctor a few times in 2 years make me a taker? Dread to think what you think of people who go more often than that.

I only go to the doctor when theres no other option, I hate medication.

Or are you just trolling because of your ideas of people on benefits again?
banned#29
ryouga
csiman
ryouga
csiman
ryouga
csiman
I thought they get paid by appointment so they need a big queue to make up for the idiots who never turn up or cancel

personally, I think it should be an instant fine if you dont turn up for any NHS appointment without telling them

My local hospital has now introduced a system whereby if you dont turn up for a consultant appointment then you are referred back to your dr and go back to the end of the queue! This should be nationwide.


Hmmm so its ok for a doc to leave you waiting for a hour but not ok if you dont turn up for an appointment.

Where is the justice in that
!

Are you really that stupid that you dont understand the difference?

I've seen some dumb statements on here...........


and its not about the justice system! Try reading the news to see how much the NHS spends on missed appointments to get the drift. People should be prepared to wait for a bit to maximise efficiency.

As wishihadadonkey rightly said, do you really think the consultants are sitting around doing **** all to prolong your appointment?

you, of all people should realise the benefits of care in the community!

Not everyone is a 10 minute session!

Get over it! Start giving back rather than being a taker all your life.


Are you in fact the stupid one. why do you assume I have been a taker all my life? As I am on benefits now? Wow why do you assume everyone on benefits is a long term thing.

You seem to have a silly one sided idea of pretty much everything.

Of course the NHS wastes so much on appointments every year that doesnt justify what they do.

So when my dad had to go to hospital for a operation 2 weeks ago and got there at 7am and at 11am was told he wont get seen till 7-8 at night that was because they were putting extra effort into others? The other 3 times they cancelled it with less than 24 hours notice?

That out of the dozen of so appointments i have had with doctors in last 2 years each time no matter how ill I was to be told to take something like ibruprofen and being out of room in under 2 minutes was them working hard for me?

Dont be quick to judge as you have automatically assumed worse case scenario off the situation and dont see the craziness in double standards of surgeries.

The point is that if I didnt turn up for appointment for whatever reason valid or not, if the doctors were a hour or more behind anyway I wouldnt of had help anyway, its similar for lets say I arrive dead on appointment time to be told I cant get seen yet the doctor could be really behind.

It would be understandable if the doctor was working dead on time.

Dont be a sheep and just stick up for a figure of authority and think for yourself for once.

the fact you have been to the doctors over a dozen times in the last 2 years suggest you are a taker. That plus the amount of threads you post about being a lardy etc etc


Lol what world do you live in, how on earth does going to the doctor a few times in 2 years make me a taker? Dread to think what you think of people who go more often than that.

I only go to the doctor when theres no other option, I hate medication.

Or are you just trolling because of your ideas of people on benefits again?

Best look up the definition of 'few'

its not 'dozen of so'

best look up 'hypochondriac' too if over your last dozen or so visits you were dismissed within 2 minutes each time with ibuprofen. They've got your card marked for sure ;)


Edited By: csiman on May 05, 2011 15:54
#30
csiman
Best look up the definition of 'few'

its not 'dozen of so'

best look up 'hypochondriac' too if over your last dozen or so visits you were dismissed within 2 minutes each time with ibuprofen. They've got your card marked for sure ;)


When I say 2 years I mean from beginning of 2009 up to now so 28 months so that means at most I went to the doctors every 2 and a half months.

In reality when I was really ill I went to doctors and was told come back if I get worse in 2-4 weeks which I did and I only went to docs in first placeas I was so bad with breathing I had permanent inflammed throat etc.

One time after about 5 times in a month seeing a different doctor each time I was given an inhaler and medication so that takes up most of my appointments, and then after that even though I was still wheezy I didnt go back for months as didnt want to bother them

Yeah I am such a hypochondriac
banned#31
ryouga
csiman
Best look up the definition of 'few'

its not 'dozen of so'

best look up 'hypochondriac' too if over your last dozen or so visits you were dismissed within 2 minutes each time with ibuprofen. They've got your card marked for sure ;)


When I say 2 years I mean from beginning of 2009 up to now so 28 months so that means at most I went to the doctors every 2 and a half months.

In reality when I was really ill I went to doctors and was told come back if I get worse in 2-4 weeks which I did and I only went to docs in first placeas I was so bad with breathing I had permanent inflammed throat etc.

One time after about 5 times in a month seeing a different doctor each time I was given an inhaler and medication so that takes up most of my appointments, and then after that even though I was still wheezy I didnt go back for months as didnt want to bother them

Yeah I am such a hypochondriac

at least we can agree on something

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