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    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 8:30 PM
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    How long to wait for appointment at GP's
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    • 6th Mar 18, 8:30 PM
    How long to wait for appointment at GP's 6th Mar 18 at 8:30 PM
    I saw my dentist last Tuesday due to ongoing dental problems, he said I needed to see my GP as he felt their was something wrong with my immune system.
    I phoned my GP surgery the same day and was offered a telephone appointment with my GP today which was one week later. GP rang me this morning and said that I needed to see the nurse for blood tests, I spoke to receptionist and the earliest appointment is the 20th of March. Is this a normal wait time, is there any standard that GP surgeries have to follow.
    It is bothering me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and am currently in remission but now worrying that something could be wrong
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    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 8:52 PM
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    Thought I better add that I have never seen the GP I spoke to
    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 6th Mar 18, 8:58 PM
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    It's not unusual to wait several weeks for a GP appointment, then another few weeks for blood tests. The NHS is skint and can't recruit enough GPs because of the working conditions. Sign of the times I'm afraid.
    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 9:13 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 9:13 PM
    I donít mind not seeing a GP, a phone consultation is fine but having to wait for two weeks to see a nurse for blood tests seems a long time. Is there no standard that a GP surgery has to follow, could they say earliest appointment to see a nurse is a month away?
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    • By Browntoa 6th Mar 18, 9:16 PM
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    Our area blood tests are walk in same day at a dedicated unit

    Most x-ray and MRI are same Day
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 6th Mar 18, 9:25 PM
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    Where I live you can get the forms from the GP surgery and go to the bloods department at a couple of hospitals, maybe there's something like that where you are?

    I've found that I've had a longer than usual wait for bloods actually at my GP surgery, it was a wait of a couple of weeks for the ones I had yesterday.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 9:32 PM
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    I am going to phone my surgery tomorrow as I am worried that it may mean my cancer is back, not that I know anything about the immune system
    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 6th Mar 18, 9:33 PM
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    I donít mind not seeing a GP, a phone consultation is fine but having to wait for two weeks to see a nurse for blood tests seems a long time. Is there no standard that a GP surgery has to follow, could they say earliest appointment to see a nurse is a month away?
    Originally posted by WabbitWabbit
    Waiting list targets were scrapped because of the funding issues. Yes, they could say the next appointment with a nurse is a month away. Have you specifically booked to see a nurse? Bloods will often be done by a phlebotomist, there might not be such a wait for them.

    I'm staggered that anyone finds waiting times a surprise anymore. Do you not watch the news?
    • Ames
    • By Ames 6th Mar 18, 9:39 PM
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    I am going to phone my surgery tomorrow as I am worried that it may mean my cancer is back, not that I know anything about the immune system
    Originally posted by WabbitWabbit
    Try not to worry, not all immune problems are related to cancer. I have several immune problems and the departments I go to both have walls full of leaflets for the different conditions they deal with, and none of them are cancer.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 9:44 PM
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    Yes, I made an appointment for blood tests.
    My surgery has always had GP staffing problems and you have to have a phone consultation initially.
    I just was not aware that you had to wait quite a long time for blood tests to be administered.
    • WabbitWabbit
    • By WabbitWabbit 6th Mar 18, 9:52 PM
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    Thank you, Ames.
    I will phone tomorrow, my cancer diagnosis was not via my GP, routine mammogram and I have not seen a GP in over two years
    • newatc
    • By newatc 6th Mar 18, 10:12 PM
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    Good luck Wabbit Wabbit, I'm sure there must be a way to reduce the timescale as you are worried,

    I haven't been to my surgery for some time so when I last rang for an appointment I was shocked/annoyed that I couldn't get an appointment for 9 days when I had been used to getting one same or next day. So I am another who staggers Boris Thomson.
    • avogadro
    • By avogadro 7th Mar 18, 11:56 AM
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    As above, get the blood test form and go along to your local hospital. Ours does blood tests on a walk-in basis.
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