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    I have started this thread to see what peoples opinions are about their local GP's . Now I am writing this after I had two failed experiences with GP's in diagnosing my Kids illnesses, so maybe I'm biased with a bit of negativity towards them. I do have to stress that I know not all GP's are the same, but there are few decent ones in practice. I'd love to know is it just me or do they even look at your medical history before writing prescriptions? Do they want to listen to what your thoughts are? Are they even interested? Are they even doctors?

    As I stated before I'd love to see if any of you guys have been failed in the past?

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    My doctor is ace tbh, very laid back and pretty much knows my medical history.
    Very very easy to talk to and hasnt been wrong about anything as yet, touch wood!

    My GP practice is great, they ring you back at home if you just need a chat about an illness or medical concern. They offer homeopathic alternatives and advise on second opinions if you are worried.

    They now open on Saturdays, late evenings and I can order scripts and book appointments online.

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    black gerbil1;3319132

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    You had great points on that thread. Especialy the one with the rock :thumbsup:

    I also think there needs to be a shakeup in what they do. I honestly think that they are a joke.

    ours hasnt had a doc there permenantly for about 2 years-just locums
    They are very good and you can get in on the same day if need be.
    Last doc i had was diabolical. I made an appointment for after work-told him i was pregnant and took my sample(which he didnt check just took my word!) then i asked him about my verucca and he said only one thing per visit-make another appointment!!!!!!!!

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    My Chemist knows more than any GP that I have visited. Great bunch of people those pharmacists.

    If you aren't happy with your GP perhaps you should change

    A lot of the problem is that they are overworked - too many patients to see & not enough surgery hours. So they can only spend a few minutes with each patient, during which they have to hear what's wrong, diagnose the problem, explain it to the patient, & then work out what to do to fix the problem.

    choc1969;3319215

    If you aren't happy with your GP perhaps you should change



    i must admit re kids-i tend to self-diagnose..i pretty much trust myself more then them(except specialists at the hospitals we visit)
    My son was diagnosed due to a locum who asked me what was his diagnosis at a time he didnt have one and he refered us. The geneticist at Alder hey diagnosed him before she met him! i know its a specialist thing but our own doc had been seeing him for 3 years and hadnt made an effort to find out or to refer us..he has noonan syndrome.

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    choc1969;3319215

    If you aren't happy with your GP perhaps you should change



    Already have choc on three occasions. Thankfuly I have never had to attend my GP in the past 5 years. As I said when there are kids involved you expect a better service.

    My practice is excellent. Can make an appointment for the same day, always listen, refer if not at all sure and only issue a prescription if a drug will help. Always thought this was the norm but realise now how lucky I am. My husband moved from down south and is amazed how good the NHS is in my area. Says our local hospital is like a private one!

    I am torn on this subject. I think it is one of the hardest jobs in the medical profession, they need to know so much and are responsible for sending people to a specialist, if they are right they got the patient help asap if wrong may have wasted a lot of time and money a very tough job but i see many specialists for my health and rely on my GP to keep all appointments, referalls and treatments running smoothly but often have to organise this myself and my GP hates making my referals as they are so expensive for them (it's not like i am overjoyed at the fact i have to have neurosurgery!) so often have to contact the local PCT for the funding direct.
    A recent report was filled in by my GP for my DLA renewal the section that needed filling in with my latest tests treatments etc my GP gave my latest temperature pulse and blood pressure readings and the date of my last CT scan and completely neglected to add brain surgery to have a contraption put in my head and regular lumber punctures:roll:

    My GP is about as useful as breasts on a bull.

    Been to see him a few times over the past several years and all I get is "...yes you're fine Mr S, nothing to worry about, you're young so you'll live." to which I reply, "Yes Dr M, but what about the chest pains and stress?". Conclusion...useless.

    Went back to him shortly afterwards only to find out that the blighter was away on holiday, had to see some chick of a Dr, private and all just doing some cover work....she diagnosed me with an agressive lung infection and gave me prescription for steroids to clear up the lung infection and also help open airways that were constricted due to infectiion!!!! WTF??????

    I honestly dont know why I still have him listed as my doctor....he's hopeless, I would be hard pushed to find a use for him if I were to sit and seriously think about it.

    cis_groupie;3319225

    A lot of the problem is that they are overworked - too many patients to … A lot of the problem is that they are overworked - too many patients to see & not enough surgery hours. So they can only spend a few minutes with each patient, during which they have to hear what's wrong, diagnose the problem, explain it to the patient, & then work out what to do to fix the problem.



    don't they get something silly like 9 minutes per patient? Does anyone know the correct figure?
    I had to change my GP when I moved as I was ever so slightly outside the catchment area. I had been with my other practice for 26years! I was pretty upset about it. I registered with a new practice and found I really didn't like any of the GP's there then they got a locum and she was lovely unfortunately she moved on. The receptionist staff however are really nice and try to be so accommodating
    Some you win - some you loose. If you really are that unhappy; Do think about looking for another GP or practice - good luck

    louloo;3319278

    i must admit re kids-i tend to self-diagnose..i pretty much trust myself … i must admit re kids-i tend to self-diagnose..i pretty much trust myself more then them(except specialists at the hospitals we visit)My son was diagnosed due to a locum who asked me what was his diagnosis at a time he didnt have one and he refered us. The geneticist at Alder hey diagnosed him before she met him! i know its a specialist thing but our own doc had been seeing him for 3 years and hadnt made an effort to find out or to refer us..he has noonan syndrome.



    same here loulou - self diagnosis lot of he time - luckily my girls have always been very healthy

    for myself - go and see gp and ask for private x ray - approx £100 - get results within 2 days as opposed to waiting on nhs for 2 weeks -relying on a junior doctor to look at loads of them when they have a minute - think of kids looking at a 'wheres wally ' book
    mri scan - instead of waiting up to 22 weeks in some cases - go private - approx £360 - could vary ?? results 2 days

    Good for a one off but i have anything up to 12 scans and lumber punctures a year would bever be able to pay it.

    dmissy13;3319787

    Good for a one off but i have anything up to 12 scans and lumber … Good for a one off but i have anything up to 12 scans and lumber punctures a year would bever be able to pay it.


    do you get them on a regular basis - sorry to hear that missy - hope you dont have to wait ann unreasonable amount of time for results -

    i am lucky to have long standing medical cover which covers most of the cost

    My life revolves around tests and treatments sometimes things get lost or delayed i am always chasing things so they daren't muck it up lol i really feel for people who don't have the energy or organisation skills to chase things as they must get forgotten and pushed to the bottom of the list.

    I am one of the lucky ones, I have a good relationship with my GP who I've known since my teens and also with my hospital consultants. If anything, they are over cautious with me after a few complications which I'm not going into.

    I am relocating to be closer to my folks and the hospital with the best reputation for my condition and hope to have what you have choc a bit of support and security from your GP goes a long way.

    dmissy13;3320002

    I am relocating to be closer to my folks and the hospital with the best … I am relocating to be closer to my folks and the hospital with the best reputation for my condition and hope to have what you have choc a bit of support and security from your GP goes a long way.



    I do have to say, when I bought my house I did ensure it was in my docs catchment area and my brothers who have moved out of the area regsitered from my mums address.

    Good luck with everything hun and always here if you need someone to gripe with. I am in a lucky position of having a mum and 4 aunts who are nurses, a specialist nurse on call and a local advice centre.

    thanks hun maybe i should get hubby to train as a neurosurgeon lol
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