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How quick can you get an appointment at your doctors?

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Ive spoken to that many people over the past few days that have needed a doctors appointment and not been able to get one until 2/3 days after which by then most of the orignal symptoms have gone. I changed my doctors a while ago as there was only one doctor and you could wait almost a week sometimes for an appointment. The alternative was to face the dreaded "open surgery" in which the queue was half a mile long even before the doors opened! The doctors im with now is loads better, but I just wondered wether others had similar problems?
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I have to book off being ill in advance usually.
#2
Mine is ok if you can make attend an appointment during the day, but if you want to see a doctor after 5.30 in the week you generally have at least a week and a half to wait!
#3
Our doctors operate a same day appointment service, as long as you call before 10am you are guaranteed a slot that day, you can't book in advance though so if you know you want an appointment in 3-4 days you have to wait until that day and call before 10 to get it, a good system IMO.
#4
I usually get up at the crack of dawn and phone, I can get an appointment the same day doing this
#5
I can book an appointment for the following week after 2pm on a thursday. For other appointments i have to ring as soon as the docs open at 8:30am...by 8:40 they are gone!
#6
i could ring at 8.30a,m get in to see them for 11 or take afternoon slot - i never have a problem - we can get appts up to 6.15p.m
#7
Ours is terrible, if i want to see my usual doctor i have to wait a good few days at least to see that one. If i want to see her the next day i have to ring after 3pm and book for the next morning but if your not quick on the phone then you dont get to see that one you want. If you are ill over night then you have to que at the door between 8am and 8.25am to hopefully get an appoinment which i really hate as you need to be ill to order. No-one wants to wait on the door step with a child who has been ill or yourself. You could wait that morning and ring to see if there is an appoinment available but you cant guarrantee a slot unless it is an emergency
:?
#8
Usually if you just wanting to go and and enquire about something or whatever its usually about a week but if you need seeing there and then I usually call up at midday and get booked in for afternoon clinic.
The usual things I go for all of a sudden are things like urinary tract infections that area nuisance. Sometimes we want a prescription but I know we have had the meds before and I can usually call up and request and its usually ready after 4pm same day without seeing a GP.
That sort of thing would be for children usually,like last wk my daughter had cunjuctivitis and I called up 11am and it was ready late afternoon.We've had stuff for everything usually without going in 1st specially if its quite a common complaint.
#9
suze
Mine is ok if you can make attend an appointment during the day, but if you want to see a doctor after 5.30 in the week you generally have at least a week and a half to wait!


So for you its either loose money or stay ill!
#10
My other half came out in what looked like the mumps on monday he phoned the docs and the told him he could see someone on the 26th, he then phoned them back and said he needed to see a doc sooner and they told him he couldnt, this morning when we woke he was covered legs face chest back arms everywhere with these spots, he phoned the docs at 8.30 and said he needed to see someone today, he was told again they couldnt get him in, in the end he went to the docs and demaneded to be seen, he had to wait a hour.
#11
busymom
So for you its either loose money or stay ill!


Exactly!!
#12
Does anyone else know a surgery with only one doctor? The doctors ive changed to has loads including nurses with a minor ilness clinic. Much better. :roll::-D
#13
Ring from 8.45am for appointment that day. Once they are full, ring the next morning.
No advance appointments taken. It can take a few days to get an appointment. Wonderful doctors when you can get to see them. Wish I had married a surgery receptionist.
#14
My docs where i used to live had 2 doctors so there was sometimes only one but not very offten. The docs i have now is a proper health centre with about 6 docs, two nurses and various others like physios, councelors etc
#15
I must say if most of the symptoms have cleared after 2-3 days, a doctors appointment is not really required. Perhaps consulting a pharmacist in the first instance may help and in turn it might then reduce the waiting time for those poeple suffering from something a little more life threatening?
#16
charltom
My other half came out in what looked like the mumps on monday he phoned the docs and the told him he could see someone on the 26th, he then phoned them back and said he needed to see a doc sooner and they told him he couldnt, this morning when we woke he was covered legs face chest back arms everywhere with these spots, he phoned the docs at 8.30 and said he needed to see someone today, he was told again they couldnt get him in, in the end he went to the docs and demaneded to be seen, he had to wait a hour.


Thats terrible! Its as tho they dont believe you until your standing infront of them.
#17
Sandsman
I must say if most of the symptoms have cleared after 2-3 days, a doctors appointment is not really required. Perhaps consulting a pharmacist in the first instance may help and in turn it might then reduce the waiting time for those poeple suffering from something a little more life threatening?


yeah, but at the time you dont know that, but I get your point.
#18
in our clinic thers a room where people wait until they close but ive not spied an elusive doctor yet
#19
Sandsman
I must say if most of the symptoms have cleared after 2-3 days, a doctors appointment is not really required. Perhaps consulting a pharmacist in the first instance may help and in turn it might then reduce the waiting time for those poeple suffering from something a little more life threatening?

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

i reckon 99% of peoples 'illnesses' would be gone in 4-5 days with or without medication anyway, no better medicine than the immune system for beating an illness im afraid...
#20
Ring from 8.30am for appointment that day. Once they are full, ring the next morning, but there are advance appointments taken. Pretty good. Urgent see anyone - same day.

Wish I had married a surgery receptionist.

Frequent visitor points!!
#21
kungfu
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

no better medicine than the immune system for beating an illness ...


but when that is the problem.......................:)
#22
kungfu
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

i reckon 99% of peoples 'illnesses' would be gone in 4-5 days with or without medication anyway, no better medicine than the immune system for beating an illness im afraid...


Depends on the illness - most for which people seek a GP appointment are not due to infectious disease, so - sorry, have to disagree here.
#23
Go to prison, you can usually see a doctor within 20 minutes if its urgent like a headache or sore throat:thumbsup:
#24
I rarely am at the Doctors but sometimes I have to take my children and when I do, the SAME PEOPLE are there as the last time I was there. I think many must get frequent visitor miles or something. Some are lonely and its the only time they get to get out of their home and speak to someone or talk about themselves. (I have a few doctor friend who told me this).:o
#25
Our docs has a system where you have to be triaged by telephone first for any new problems. A nurse rings you and tells you if you need a doctor or not and then if you do its usually in a day or two , sometimes longer. People get really fed up having to answer things to a nurse over the phone and letting her decide though. We can also book appointments online with the docs but they go mad if you have been triaged first.
#26
Doctors here are superb. I actually get them contacting me for an appointment lol.

charltom:
My other half came out in what looked like the mumps on monday he phoned the docs and the told him he could see someone on the 26th, he then phoned them back and said he needed to see a doc sooner and they told him he couldnt, this morning when we woke he was covered legs face chest back arms everywhere with these spots, he phoned the docs at 8.30 and said he needed to see someone today, he was told again they couldnt get him in, in the end he went to the docs and demaneded to be seen, he had to wait a hour.


That's a disgrace and personally I would not let it rest there until I had some official response to why that happened.


In any Surgeries defence if everyone who booked an appointment turned up it would make life a lot easier for them. Same as hospitals.
Round here they publicise how many missed appointments there are and it's scandalous. Solve that and we all might get to be seen quicker !
#27
1. [COLOR="Red"]We have appointments bookable up to 4 weeks in advance[/COLOR]. Usually able to book 2 weeks in advance but then the appointments run out. [COLOR="Red"]Once they are all gone (or if it is urgent) move on to point 2
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2. [COLOR="Red"]Call at 8am in the morning.[/COLOR] Keep redialing and getting engaged tone until about 8:45am, then get through and be told that you should have called at 8am! Soooooo annoying! [COLOR="Red"]At first they give away appointments for that day, when they are gone move on to point 3[/COLOR]

3. [COLOR="Red"]If it is urgent you may be asked to sit and wait[/COLOR] once the appointments are gone they ask if its urgent and what the problem is, and then say come at XX time and be prepared to sit and wait. Then they fit you in as they can

I dont have any problem getting a doctors appointment, but I am known to the surgery because of my poor health and they know if I ask for an appointment then I need one. Also, I am not fussy about who I see (although I will ask for a specific doctor if booking weeks in advance for routine appointment) as they all know me. Saying that, I rarely go to the doctors as I am usually seen by my consultants at the hospital.

For those saying that you cant get appointments out of work hours - if you were that sick you shouldnt be in work?
#28
kelly_o_fanatic
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For those saying that you cant get appointments out of work hours - if you were that sick you shouldnt be in work?


Some people need to see the doc for another reason that you can still go to work with but may need a second opinion (ie. lumps and bumps) and for medicines that you can not get without a prescription.

I have to say i feel that remark was quite naive
#29
kelly_o_fanatic
1. [COLOR="Red"]For those saying that you cant get appointments out of work hours - if you were that sick you shouldnt be in work?


Problem is Julia, lots of work places have a system in place whereby if you are off sick (no matter for how long whether it be 1 day or 1 month) it counts as 1 instance, once you reach 2/3 within a stated time frame (believe it is usually 12 months) you get put onto a list and basically warned.

Therefore for example, as in the case of my Hubby who had an operation last October and was signed off by the hospital for 2 weeks he already has 1 instance of sickness on his records. So when he fell off an outside ladder at home recently and a week and a half later was still having pain in his leg he tried to book an appointment without having time off work and consiquently had to wait over a week! Basically, companies are forcing employees to book holidays for this type of thing.

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