Patients want to be seen today

Patients want to be seen today

Patients want to be seen today

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RECENT calls by health chiefs for members of the public to go to their GPs and pharmacies for non emergencies are all well and good.

But what if you can’t actually get a timely appointment at your doctors?

If you’re in pain – which may well be something innocuous and non-life threatening but you don’t know that until you get checked out.

You can’t reasonably be expected to wait a week or so to see your GP if you are suffering.

I’m sure more people would go their GP first, if they could be seen on the same day.

J Smith Northwich

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3:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

RobynLindsay says...

Mr Smith makes a very good point, except when ringing my doctor to make a same day an appointment for and illness that has been on going for roughly a week now (which I have left in the hopes that it would get better itself, having been told in the past that no, we won't prescribe antibiotics right now, but come back in a weeks time if you are no better) I was told (by the rather abrupt and snotty receptionist, who, quite frankly, I feel no inclination to tell the nature of my complaint as it is really none of her business) that same day appointments are for "emergencies" only, and will I make an appointment for next week? So what exactly constitutes an emergency serious enough to see the doctor, and what constitutes an emergency serious enough to go to A & E? Am I missing something here? Particularly the part where suddenly my doctor doesn't see people same day and no-body seems to have informed me? (FYI, I did get an appointment, took a half day off of work in order to attend said mid-morning appointment, only to be sent home with the diagnoses that there is slight redness to the throat, but no puss, so I won't be prescribing antibiotics, but please feel free to come back next week if you're no better, or if you're concerned. Seriously, are you kidding me? After all the hoops I jumped through to get there in the first place? Next time I think I'll just wait until I *have* to be sent to hospital - Maybe then I'll be taken seriously,)
Mr Smith makes a very good point, except when ringing my doctor to make a same day an appointment for and illness that has been on going for roughly a week now (which I have left in the hopes that it would get better itself, having been told in the past that no, we won't prescribe antibiotics right now, but come back in a weeks time if you are no better) I was told (by the rather abrupt and snotty receptionist, who, quite frankly, I feel no inclination to tell the nature of my complaint as it is really none of her business) that same day appointments are for "emergencies" only, and will I make an appointment for next week? So what exactly constitutes an emergency serious enough to see the doctor, and what constitutes an emergency serious enough to go to A & E? Am I missing something here? Particularly the part where suddenly my doctor doesn't see people same day and no-body seems to have informed me? (FYI, I did get an appointment, took a half day off of work in order to attend said mid-morning appointment, only to be sent home with the diagnoses that there is slight redness to the throat, but no puss, so I won't be prescribing antibiotics, but please feel free to come back next week if you're no better, or if you're concerned. Seriously, are you kidding me? After all the hoops I jumped through to get there in the first place? Next time I think I'll just wait until I *have* to be sent to hospital - Maybe then I'll be taken seriously,) RobynLindsay
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