Off-Topic Your Doctor

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Primarycare, Sunday 24th Jun, 2012.

  1. Primarycare Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Random one this I know

    How many of you have problems/long waits to see your Dr if/when you need to go

    And what is the single most annoying thing about your surgery and why?


    Last question, what health services/facility do you think would be good to have in your surgery?

    Interested in your views on these points people..
     
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  2. Abbey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    When i was pregnant, there was an average wait of one hour. But i never arrived early, usually closer to my appointment time, so i never waited more than ten to fifteen minutes. Always felt sorry for the moms to be who already had little ones along and they were running around the place getting into all sorts of trouble.
     
  3. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    My Surgery is around 4 weeks if you want an appointment.
    So if we ever need an appointment we drive round just as they open and request one then. You normally get one that morning then.
     
  4. Mikem Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Our local surgery has one landline come 08:30 it is near impossible to get through to book your appointment. When you get through all the morning appointments have been taken and I am asked to call tomorrow.

    They don't even give you the chance to say can you see me in a couple of days.

    TBH all the old folk around are area are so lonely they book up the appointments just to have a chat with the doctors.:Rolf:
     
  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Similar to Mike our GP is more or less the same,I just say it's urgent appointment to get into the see the doctor.

    What I hate the most is when the doctors give you a time they are never running on schedule it a good 15-20 minute after your appointment time you see the doctor.:Aghast:I make it a point to say to them the wait is unacceptable every time I do go in.
     
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  6. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Exactly why we drive round for 8.30, takes less time and frustration than trying to ring through.
     
  7. Primarycare Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Kind of expected this, Midwife is an interesting one thanks Beverly.

    Surgeries have to now reserve approximately 50% of their available appointments for same days.. This is government directive imposed on GPS. Not ideal as bookable appointments go very quickly and then you have the "phone on the day" which just jams your phone lines..

    I am interested on peoples take as am doing some work at the moment on access to primary health care. Negative feedback is very welcome as is positive.

    Most practices those being one surgery will have a list size of between 4 - 5k that is a very rough average but some may have as many as 10k. We have 20k patients registered. As PMs we have to safeguard patients as well as the Drs and there is a limit to the numbers it is safe for a Dr to see before putting them in a position where they must rush and worse case putting you the patient at risk.. Far from ideal I admit.

    Most surgeries will work to 10 - if you are lucky 15 min appointments which if you have a relatively complex or multi problem patient or two before you will always mean you will be seen late.

    Keep your thoughts coming though as this is very valuable information and getting a feel for the more national problems is a great help for me in this piece of work..

    Flip side is if you need any advice feel free to ask peeps.. I have been around the health service a lot of years :Smile:

    Thanks
     
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  8. Doc Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    My doctors mostly only take appointments for the same day. Which is in response to missed appointments booked days in advance and it does seem to work better that way. To be fair 3/4 of the time my appointment won't be more than 5 minutes late. But as you'd expect the later your appointment in the day the more chance of being delayed.

    As said trying to call 1st thing in the morning with only one phone line is a nightmare and usually takes up to 20 minutes to get through. And waiting outside at 8:30 doesn't help because they tell you to phone for an appointment.
     
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  9. Abbey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I had induced labor with complications. To the very end, they were trying for a natural delivery. But also i think the doctors knew it would be a C-section. Just being New Years day, there was no way to get me into surgery earlier. So I spent just about 24 hours in hospital from time of induction waiting and sleeping, groggy from all the medications. Sometimes circumstances prevent better patient medical care. But I'm sure if there was a way to get my daughter delivered sooner, they would have done so.
     
  10. Primarycare Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    My wife had a 13 hour labor with our first.. I thought that was long enough, I spent a lot of the time reading a workshop manual for Kawasaki! That went down well :Smile: Im sure your right and had the timing been different you would have had a less stressful time.

    Systems are different in the UK but the basics are the same, here we have a bit a funding crisis and areas like midwifery are being hit hard along with Health Visitors and community Nursing. Its the downturn in the economy apparently.. Personaly I think it is very poor management from the top down in the NHS but thats just my take many will say otherwise I am sure..

    Anyway thanks for your insight
     
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  11. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    I was similar,we were sleeping and Helen told me it time we went to the hospital it time. I said ok Hun rolled back went to sleep.

    I then received the biggest almighty punch in the back , then I was running around like a headless chicken. I am not a morning person.

    Even till date Helen winds me up and my daughter takes the Mick too.
     
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  12. Primarycare Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    When my Helen started, I was watching Men Behaving Badly on the old TV. She shouted down to me that time was right for the sprint into town to the Hospital and was none to happy when I asked if there was any chance she could hang on for 20 mins.. :Smile:

    I didnt get punched but the reply is not for this forum... :Whistle:
     
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  13. Abbey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I was very lucky to be living in Florida at the time my daughter was born. They provided me with excellent health care. I couldn't have asked for more. Just the situation was a little uneasy, considering she was about a week late. Due to be born on Christmas eve, she didn't make her appearance and so by New Years Eve, they had to admit me into the hospital for induction. I'd fully planned a natural delivery but once they had to intervene with induction, there was really no way to let nature take it's course. And, I've heard that is usual for a first baby. Healing from the C-section took a VERY long time and not something i would wish on any woman. I'm sure natural delivery would have gone more smoothly but as medical emergencies go, we all survived very well. And, due to the medications I was given, i slept through much of my labor very pain free. Most happy about that. And, of course, that blessed moment, when i first saw her face and kissed it like 100 times before they whisked her off to the baby nursery. That was the happiest moment of my life and of course, my daughter has filled my life with many more happy moments since. :Smile:
     
  14. Paul Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I can't honestly complain about our Dr's. I suffered with bad migraines about 18 months ago and they really knocked me for 6. Having previously suffered I phoned and spoke with the Dr over the phone whilst driving home before my headache got too bad to drive. The Dr over the phone prescribed some medication which I collected on my way home. I never set foot in the Dr's clinic just to collect my prescription.

    The medication didn't work and I got an appointment the following day and further medication. I tried this for a week and still no joy and had a referal to a specialist about a week later.


    Whenever we've had to phone for the kids they always get us in same day. They are really good to be honest and when you're in they are really thorough.
     
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  15. Primarycare Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Thats good to hear Paul, hope they sorted your migraines for you. It is a tough one for Drs as pain meds often prescribed need to that strong they can cause additional issues for the patient so often you end up with ineffective low dosage meds and progress from there.

    The kids if young are always treated as priority and more often than not will get same day appointments regardless of surgeries being full or not. It is good to hear you feel the service from your GP is good though.

    I half expected to hear more gripes from people as the government would have us believe that many many many of you out there are totally disillusioned with your GPS and primary care as a whole. This could of course be spin or it may be fact there has been no evidence yet to support the claims. Big changes are afoot though regardless.

    We shall see..

    Thanks for the response.
     
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  16. Abbey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    It's good that you were able to speak with an actual doctor on the drive home. Many times, such an option is not available to Americans. Most times, the only person to speak with here is a Registered Nurse (RN) or Physician's Assistant. And, though both are college educated, they're not doctors. So it's nice you have the option. In the clinic where i went for my OB/GYN appointments, mostly i was allowed to see a Physician's assistant. She was very knowledgeable. Only a few times did my health coverage allow for consultation with an actual doctor. Most of the appointments were testing and routine anyway so doctor's visits were reserved for patients with more dire medical needs, rather than routine check ups during pregnancy. Thankfully, doctors were a constant sight during my hospital stay. I've never talked to so many doctors in my life. It was very reassuring. :Smile:
     
  17. Felicity Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    For emergency situations I use the local emergency room. But there is often an hour or more waiting time as many people use it for common ailments, rather true emergencies. For anything that is not an emergency, we have a local walk in clinic that does not require an appointment. There are usually half hour or more wait times though.
     
  18. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    I called up today to book an appointment with the doctors to see why the hell I am shivering and shaking like a leaf in the middle of summer. Currently I have a thick t-shirt with a fleecy top on and still feeling cold..:Unknown:

    Rang up at 8:00 and I got threw normally the line is engaged till kingdom come.The phone gets answered in about 10-14 rings ...wow some good customer service skills.

    Me:- Hi could I have an appointment with the doctor today please ?

    Receptionist :- Sure let me look at the schedule I am sorry we are all booked up today ( no Bl00dy surprise there love ) is your condition urgent?

    Me:- No not really it can wait,could I get an appointment for tomorrow morning ?

    Receptionist : - I afraid we are all booked up till the 9th of July .. but if you said it was an urgent need I can fit you in today at 11:00 but you have to wait!

    Me:- me 9TH OF JULY you kidding me :Aghast:!! whats the world coming too

    Receptionist: - Laughing so we will see you at 11:00?

    Me:- Yeah gave her my details and made my self severely ill to jump the queue

    You all now what to do to get seen by the doctors.
     
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  19. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Just been told my bloody pressure is low which is a good thing but my body temperature is 36.1 which is one degree above hypothermia :Wink:
    So I have to wear winter clothes in summer and look like a clown for a week !! Go back in a week for another assessment.
     
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