GP waiting times?

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McLisa Posts: 1815
How long does it take to get an appointment with your GP? I get quite bad flare ups of eczema now and again and need to get a strong steroid cream for it, i can feel a bad flare up coming on and rang to get an appointment and they told me 5 weeks to see my doctor O:| You could be dead and buried well before then, the consolation was that i could get an appointment in 3 weeks time with a different doctor...i think its time to change practices which i really dont want to do as my GP specialises in dermatology and she is very good >:o( >:o(
Nostress Posts: 1606
I usually call at 9am and get an appointment that afternoon or if I call in the afternoon and say I need to go I get a evening appointment that day. I have never called any gp (had about 4 in past few years with moving houses) and not gotten an appointment for the day I called.
BertRaccoon Posts: 321
Same as Nostress I would usually get an appointment for the same day or maybe the following morning depending on the circumstances. That waiting time seems crazy McLisa - what if you needed antibiotics urgently or something? Did they ask what the appointment was for?
McLisa Posts: 1815
i think if it is urgent and by urgent you need to be at deaths door you can get an emergency appointment, if not the doctor will sometimes give you a call back and prescribe you something over the phone, if they think they can diagnose it. I had this before when i had a big flare up before a holiday and couldn't get an appointment and the doctor left a prescription at reception for me. I'm gonna have to change doctors which is a shame as my doctor is lovely and very good, obviously they are a hugely over an over prescribed surgery!
SunnyK Posts: 3834
What the hell?! 5 WEEKS? I thought I must have read it wrong and it was 5 days, which would still be a while, but 5 weeks is nuts! I very rarely go to the doc when I'm sick, usually just wait for it to pass. So mainly I'm going to renew prescriptions etc and I know in advance so I'd usually book in the week before. If I was to be waiting for 5 weeks like that I'd defo change practice.
cookiemad Posts: 917
I normally just arrive on,our doctor has 3 days where you can make appointments but can still be seen if you don't have one,and then 2 days of open surgery. Could not imagine having to way that long for appointment.hope you get sorted soon
Mrs W Posts: 2923
Are you in the north Mclisa?
BertRaccoon Posts: 321
Doctors like that can be hard to find alright - I have found it hard in the past to strike the balance of finding a good doctor who is personable at the same time. Hope you get sorted soon and you don't have to wait the 3 weeks to see someone!
Rosewater Posts: 372
That is crazy ~ like other posters I can ring GP and she will see me that day. Wonder why your GP has such a long waiting list, what happens in an emergency? Are there any other GPs in your area?
McLisa Posts: 1815
[quote="Mrs W ":1w7mr5kt]Are you in the north Mclisa?[/quote:1w7mr5kt] i am actually, i was with a practice where the appointments were relatively quick - usually a week at longest but they had a lot of trainee GP's which i dont mind but you were seeing someone different all time and getting conflicting treatment. I moved house and my current GP was much closer and on my route to work but the waiting times are unreal. I found a new practice not too far from home but out of the way of work but its a small price to pay!