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Has anyone else struggled to get an appointment with their doctor?

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This discussion was created from comments split from: How old are you ?.

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  • Chrissilk
    Chrissilk Member Posts: 22 Connected
    I have good days and bad days. Good days I cope with getting on, on bad days I lose the plot. I now have an appointment with the memory clinic at my local hospital - my daughter had to contact them as my doctor had done nothing about it and I have been waiting for several weeks. They are not seeing patients at the moment, except in emergencies. Is anyone else out there having difficulties in getting an appointment  to see a doctor?
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 6,463 Disability Gamechanger
    @Chrissilk,  at the local surgery to me they allow people to make an appointment to see a doctor from 8am to 8.30am, if you can’t get through in that time then no appointment for you. It’s a lottery with literally tens of dozens of people phoning each morning. The only concession is if it’s an emergency.

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,410 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    Yes my gp are still only seeing emergency 

    My son had infected toe nail for over a year they kept j6st sending prescription for antibiotics 

    I finally got irate with them as was concerned as my history was repeating itself I lost my leg after foot infections 

    They told me to send in pic of his toe and finally realised how bad it was and referred him to podiatry and within 2 weeks of his appt he had the nail removed 

    I di support NHS but GPS seem to be taking a long time to get back to seeing patients 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 9,644 Scope online community team
    Hi @Chrissilk :) I've made your comment on the 'how old are you?' post into it's own post. 

    Unfortunately, many people have been struggling to get more routine hospital appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic. When is your appointment? I'm glad your daughter managed to get you one. 
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  • Chrissilk
    Chrissilk Member Posts: 22 Connected
    July. So not too bad. 
  • richardg
    richardg Member Posts: 19 Connected
    hi, my doctor is doing video call if you have a computer or telephone if you do not. I can get a same-day appointment and if it deemed necessary to see me the doctor will but all in all I have a good service
  • Chrissilk
    Chrissilk Member Posts: 22 Connected
    Our doctors are still doing telephone consultations
  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,733 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem at all now getting routine or urgent appointments, and to be fair they have been good throughout the pandemic.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Chrissilk
    Chrissilk Member Posts: 22 Connected
    They till seem to be doing things by phone. My doctor rang me yesterday to tell me they are increasing one of my meds so I will be collecting it today.
  • deb74
    deb74 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    At the moment getting an appointment at my doctors is almost impossible unless it is an emergency. They have got a massive waiting list.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 9,644 Scope online community team
    I'm sorry to hear that @deb74- are you needing an appointment? 
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  • deb74
    deb74 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    I am lucky I managed to get an emergency appointment with a nurse on Wednesday but a friend of mine who goes to a different surgery told me that his doctors has got a 6 week waiting list!
  • Lee99
    Lee99 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    edited July 2021
    My doctors release 120 appointments per day from 8am and no future appointments trying to get through on the phone is very difficult there is not access to appointments online and if you turn up at the surgery you are kindly informed to ring the surgery! these appointments are telephone calls only if your condition is severe enough you are invited to attend the surgery sometime that day I have recently been having problems with my asthma with the heat and the pollen I'm very much struggling my peek flow had dropped and needed to discuss this with either the doctor or the asthma nurse however I could not get an appointment despite telling the receptionist i needed to be seen in the end I went up to A&E who sorted me out and got me seen by the asthma nurse specialist My asthma could of been brought under control before the need for a visit to a very busy hospital and a 5 day stay !

  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 3,130 Connected
    My surgery has now moved to asking whether you want your appointment to be face to face or over the telephone, whereas before it was mainly telephone. 

    I'm getting some investigations done at the moment, and at every point I've needed to see the GP I have always been able to within 48 hours. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,733 Disability Gamechanger
    I phoned my GP surgery on Friday seeking an appointment they had non avaliable but they did make me an appointment for Sunday.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Lisatho11987777
    Lisatho11987777 Member Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
    At the moment my surgery has a staff shortage so some weeks its emergency appointments only but the dr does phone to see what the medical problem is first 

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