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Posted by Fan on 29/3/2023, 9:00:36
Rung for appointment regarding a stomach issue that I have had for 4 weeks, receptionist tells me I have to see a clinician rather than a doctor. I say the clinician won't be as qualified as a GP and would rather see a GP. That's not the procedure apparently, anyone else come across this procedure or is it something just my surgery is implementing?
What qualifies and how do you see a GP these days?
Common practice at my doctors practice (sorry) My Mother in Law was prescribed antibiotics 3 times without seeing her doctor. We got involved,couple of hospital visits later problem resolved. I'm going through something similar but luckily saw a doctor who was concerned and am now having tests at the hospital. Although clinical staff have their position if you are concerned see a GP and they might refer you.
My surgery employs 2 phyiotherapists, so if I have a musculoskeletal problem its quite easy to get an appointment with them. Anything a nurse can do gets directed down that route, I think they have 3 or 4. Getting to see an actual GP is virtually impossible unless you've already had X-Rays, blood tests, other diagnostics. I've had to almost declare war on my surgery over the last 2 months before They eventually surrendered and gave me a GP appointment. It was almost like winning the lottery
Covid has given the doctors a very easy life. The receptionists,again since covid, seem to be on some kind of power trip. You're there to push buttons, tick boxes and answer the phone love. If you were a medical expert, you'd be on a lot more money. C¨nts.
I haven't come across that reply from my surgery. I must be lucky but haven't had any trouble seeing or talking to a doctor quickly on the day. I ring at 8am a doctor rings back later that morning and more likely than not says come and see me later that day. Not sure if "older" people like myself get priority or whether my surgery is well run but I've no problems in that respect.
I am 67 so it's not an age thing, in the past I have experienced the same service as you. The last 2 times I have tried to see a Dr I have been told its a clinician I have to see at another surgery, the Medici surgery in town. I don't understand what ailment I now have to have to see a GP.
Mrs 63 phoned the doctor on Monday and was directed to the pharmacy and was prescribed a course of antibiotics for a chest infection by the pharmacist. if she doesn't respond to the antibiotics by Monday we will visit our surgery and stay there until we receive an urgent appointment.
I got an appointment last year for a minor problem, and discovered that the GP with whom I thought I was registered had left, and there was only one, who does her best to fob one off with phone consultations.
Maybe they have more precise estimates now that are lower but the point generally stands that there are a lot of new pressures on GP surgeries. I don't think it's reasonable to expect the same levels of service as we had before.
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