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    Morning all,

    Just a quick question really, wondering if anyone can shed some light.

    Phoned to book a doctors appointment today, and because i don't consider it to be "urgent" i can't get an appointment until next week! Although not neccessarily urgent, i was hoping i could get seen tomorrow/thurs time as a week is a little too long to wait!

    So basically, what is considered urgent?

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    I just use the drop in in the evening at our place - it's usually quiet enough to see someone even if THEY don't consider it urgent. By the evening all the people bringing in their kids with a cold have gone!

    i would just say it was urgent as you cant book an appointment 4 next week sayin you gonna have a sprain lol
    as you dont know when you are ill

    Have they also put you on the cancellation list?

    Often, they will ring you at short notice if one becomes available.

    Hope this helps and you feel better soon.

    Original Poster

    [email protected];1773971

    I just use the drop in in the evening at our place - it's usually quiet … I just use the drop in in the evening at our place - it's usually quiet enough to see someone even if THEY don't consider it urgent. By the evening all the people bringing in their kids with a cold have gone!



    we have one of these nearby, so may pop there later

    i was getting ready to head for my appointment at the docs and they just called to re arrange for a different day as one of he docs has called in sick so now they are overbooked!its a joke.

    Original Poster

    suze;1773983

    Have they also put you on the cancellation list? Often, they will ring … Have they also put you on the cancellation list? Often, they will ring you at short notice if one becomes available.Hope this helps and you feel better soon.



    cheers suze!

    no they didn't offer anything like that, just told me to phone first thing in the morn. i hate my doctors, its so rubbish!

    if u live or work in manchester, theres a drop in near the piccadilly rail station

    fubarphill;1773990

    cheers suze!no they didn't offer anything like that, just told me to … cheers suze!no they didn't offer anything like that, just told me to phone first thing in the morn. i hate my doctors, its so rubbish!



    Your welcome, just hope you get yourself sorted out quickly!

    I think that they actually have to offer an appointment within 2 days, or something like that. However, that's not very helpful if they haven't!!
    This might be more useful:

    nhs.uk/ser…spx

    Original Poster

    i still would like to know some classification of illness/problem they consider to be urgent, so if anyone could answer this? maybe some docs are bargain hunters and could clarify for me?

    This one has always puzzled me too. What is urgent. If you really needed urgent advice then surely it would be a & e.:)

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    marshallka;1774040

    This one has always puzzled me too. What is urgent. If you really needed … This one has always puzzled me too. What is urgent. If you really needed urgent advice then surely it would be a & e.:)



    my sentiments exactly, if its a break or sprain or anything life threatening then you would go to the hospital. Other than that i cant see what would be "urgent".

    If you are ill and feel you need to see a doctor as soon as possible that is classed as urgent and GP surgeries have a commitment to ensure that you are seen within 2 days.As you have told them it is a non urgent appointment they will book you in for an advance appointment,hence why you have a date for next week.

    Because the commitment of an appointment within 48 hours for urgent appointments they need to keep these times as clear as possible.Hope that makes sense.

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    muckypup;1774121

    If you are ill and feel you need to see a doctor as soon as possible that … If you are ill and feel you need to see a doctor as soon as possible that is classed as urgent and GP surgeries have a commitment to ensure that you are seen within 2 days.As you have told them it is a non urgent appointment they will book you in for an advance appointment,hence why you have a date for next week.Because the commitment of an appointment within 48 hours for urgent appointments they need to keep these times as clear as possible.Hope that makes sense.



    yeah, that makes sense. so me saying it was not urgent was a mistake? and the advance appointments i guess are for things like regular check-ups, vaccinations and things you can "plan" for?

    fubarphill;1774152

    yeah, that makes sense. so me saying it was not urgent was a mistake? and … yeah, that makes sense. so me saying it was not urgent was a mistake? and the advance appointments i guess are for things like regular check-ups, vaccinations and things you can "plan" for?


    Yes,that 's about the size of it.

    In fairness to your surgery though,it is known for some surgeries to not allow any advance appointments be made,so that they can report back as always seeing patients within 48 hours!It sounds as though your GP does work within the guidlines as laid down,so if you do need to see a doctor asap you should be able to.

    Original Poster

    well thanks all for the help, i will either try again to get an urgent appointment or visit my local walk-in centre!

    its just so confusing when they use the word "urgent", as i never think things are urgent!

    I ring on the day i need to be seen for "emergency" appointments, they ask the problem, 9 times out of 10 with me its tonsilitus so they book me in straight away, but i get it severe and over night, also my children get seen same day without questions if they need it and i ring up first thing in the morning, but one of them has a few chest infections and needs inhalers, steriods, antibiotics straight away.

    Just a thought, you could always try NHS Direct - I have used these a few times and saved trips to doctor and casualty - even with medicines, very often having spoken to them I then toddled off to my local pharmacist and got what I needed. Saved loads of time and phone call cheaper than petrol/fare for the trip.
    nhsdirect.nhs.uk/ind…spx
    0845 4647 (short and easy to remember)
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