Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I've never really found this before, but it's been borne in upon me today that it's really hard to get a doctor's appointment.

If you phone between 8.30 and 9am, you can get an emergency appointment that day. If you want a routine appointment, you have to wait over three weeks for a late-night one or four weeks for something at a reasonable hour for a child. There's no intermediary step. Bleurgh...

It's not an emergency, but neither do I think it can wait 4 weeks so it forces my hand. I end up snaffling an appointment that perhaps someone else might need more. It's a rubbish system.

The receptionist asks you what you want to see them for, and maybe I'm just being unreasonable, but I don't think it's any of their business. It probably is exactly their business, but I hate it.

Stamp stamp, pout pout.


ellie said...

Might be just your doctors, ours used to be pretty bad too but has improved (they had to they were losing patients). If you can do, I'd advise changing practices, vote with your feet.

Mephitis said...

That's an idea - but I don't think there's another practice I can move to, practically :/. We had two in the town, but they morphed into one.

I'm actually nervous of 'my' doctor, so I suppose at the very least I could make sure I see someone else in the practice.