Appointment

By Gabs
@gabs8513 (48715)
United Kingdom
April 27, 2010 1:39am CST
As some of you know I am suffering badly with my Depression at the moment I have recently moved here so of course new Doctor for me I also said I would get to the Doctor to try and see what is going on and if my Anti Depressants need changing as I have been on them 6 years now Well I phoned yesterday, they asked what Doctor do I see...... I don't I am a new Patient Would you prefer a Female Doctor........Yes Please Ok let me see, .........I wait Receptionist comes back, ok we have the 11th May at.......... I butt in No I need a Doctor now, I am suffering with my Depression bad, I am an Emphasimia COPD Patient, the Stress is making me bad, I need one now not in May Receptionist........ Oh I see, well you will have the Duty Doctor, if you ring back at 1pm, we can fit you in between 4-6 pm, but if you phone in the Morning at 8.30am, we will fit you in tomorrow, which I will advise........ me...... Oh ok then thank you and I will talk to you in the Morning The Receptionist was telling me in a way, that the Duty Doctor yesterday was not very good which I appreciated The thing that is worrying me now is, if I need my Doctor on an emergency with my Lungs, I will not always see the same Doctor, as you have to make Appointments 2-3 weeks in advance, which Means, every time I see a Doctor I have to go over everything each time, as they never look at the notes, I have phoned a few other Surgeries but the Routine is the same everywhere What has happened to having your Doctor and only seeing a different Doctor if yours is on Holiday or sick What has happened to trust between Doctor and Patient What has happened to Doctors reading your Notes instead of throwing 1001 Questions at you Why such a long time to get an appointment I just do not get at all
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21 responses
• United States
27 Apr 10
I can tell you why you have these problems it is because your health care is covered by NHS which is socialized health care. I never have any of the problems you describe. I get an immediate (same day) appointment with my same doctor if I have a problem arise. If I need to see a different doctor he/she already has seen and read all my health care records. However this will all change for the worst under our new Obama Care. I am so sorry for all the problems you are having but I am very sure I, and millions of others shall be having the same problems now that Obama Care is Law. I remember being amazed at the wonderful difference in the Health Care I received in the USA after being used to the British NHS.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
I guess so but it never used to be this bad I have to be honest This is the first time I have heard of having to wait 2 weeks But the Doctor I saw today was great so I have restored a bit of faith back in there
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• United States
27 Apr 10
That is good news and it certainly makes a big difference when you like your new doctor and she seems to be on the ball if she has taken the time to read and revue all your records.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 May 10
GABS: Be glad you don't live in Canada. There, in another socialized medical system, people sometimes have to wait six months to a year to get surgery, or MRIs, or cat scans--things that, for now...we here in the U.S. can get in a day or two, usually. I dread what's coming. Maggiepie "Turn off your TVs. Don't watch your MSNBC, your Fox, your ABC." -- B. Obama "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" -- The Wizard of Oz
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Apr 10
oh gabs I am so sorry that you are getting the run around like that. I had a doctor before my current one who always had the nurses sign up much more people than he really could see ina day, then I found out that no matter what time my appt was I would not be seen then as he took the people with private health insurances first, the hmos last. so I had a nine oclock appt and was seen at noon, and the doctor was brusque with mepointing out he had not had his lunch yet. I was having IBS really bad so next time I got to see the nurse practioner who did see me right on time of my appt. after about so much of that crap, I changed doctors and oh what a difference, they call me by name, I never have to wait more than ten minutes and most all the time can get an appointment in the same week.I dont get the fact that I have to recite all my meds all the time when it is all down on my chart,but still he is apretty good doctor.from hatley.
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@GardenGerty (102552)
• United States
28 Apr 10
The reciting of the meds is to make sure some specialist has not gone and changed something on them. It may be a law, even. I do not know. I have to tell what vitamins and things as well. At least they care enough about getting it right to ask. Charts sometimes do have mistakes on them.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Hatley Well the Doctor I saw was nice so I was glad about that She certainly helped me a lot
@savypat (20246)
• United States
27 Apr 10
In the USA you will find the same problems, especially if you are a new patient. Here if you need help today you go to the Urgent care or Emergency Room at the local hospital, there you will wait to be seen, sometimes a long time. Even if you have a personal Doctor you may have to go there if it's not during his regular hours. Here there are just to many patients for the number of doctors we have.
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@GardenGerty (102552)
• United States
28 Apr 10
If I have a problem come up, my doctor fits me in, or does a phone consult if necessary.On the other hand, he is sure I do not come often enough. I do not have a job or health insurance now, and I am thinking of starting to go to the Indian Clinic out of town.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Here if you go tot he Emergency it really has to be an Emergency, but the Couple of times I had to go last Year they took me straight away because of the nature what was wrong and with my Illness I could have got a lot worse so I was seen to right away Hi Gerty This is the first time I have ever come across this here in the UK But the Doctor I did get see was very nice
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
2 May 10
Gabs, I hate to say it, but this is mild compared to what it will be once the "health care reform" kicks in, in a few years. I agree, it's poor treatment for you now, but just wait 'til about a 3rd of doctors get out of the business rather than go through government run "care." Your costs aren't the only thing that will skyrocket. Your blood pressure will too. Be prepared to wait months (for anything but emergency care), & if you have a swiftly-growing cancer, that's not considered an "emergency." In at least California, they're seriously (this time) trying to get pot legalized. I hope your brain surgeon isn't fond of the weed to help him "mellow out"--even after his surgery, or days before. The active ingredient stays in the system for days... You might have to face people whose job it is to convince you that your life isn't really worth continuing, & after all, "the old have a duty to die," & that heart, kidney or lung would profit a younger "more productive" person much more than you, who might get no more than 6 months to a couple of years out of it...such a waste.... Oh, & if you hate paperwork, get over that. You'll need to produce all sorts of IDs & write signatures 'til your arm falls off & you have writer's cramp. It's almost that bad, now! And you'll be cajoled, if not forced, to sign a "living will" & donate your organs, even if you don't want to--for younger folks, of course--if the PTBs in D.C. get their way. They're working on that now, & a host of other wicked things. Bitter? You bet I am. I can't wait 'til that stupid law is repealed! I would like to wish you well. I know about depression, & it very well may be that you need to switch to a different anti-depressant. They do stop working sometimes. Don't delay seeing your doctor about this, dear, & I do hope you get better! God bless you! Maggiepie "WE ARE A SOVEREIGN NATION, WITH A CONSTITUTION, & OUR RIGHTS WERE CONVEYED TO US NOT BY THAT CONSTITUTION, MIRACULOUS DOCUMENT THOUGH IT BE, BUT BY OUR GOD. WOE TO ANY ENEMY WHO CHALLENGES THAT TRUTH!" ~ Anon
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 May 10
Hi Maggie They upped my Dosage for 3 Months and that has helped me Here in the UK we will not have those changes and I really pity you all who will be going through all this I know how hard it is for you all there
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
2 May 10
Oops! Sorry--forgot you were not here on this side of the Pond! I guess I'm just worried about how things are going here. BOY you answered that post fast! Your post was already there when I submitted! Say...where does one buy a T.A.R.D.I.S.? Maggiepie "WE ARE A SOVEREIGN NATION, WITH A CONSTITUTION, & OUR RIGHTS WERE CONVEYED TO US NOT BY THAT CONSTITUTION, MIRACULOUS DOCUMENT THOUGH IT BE, BUT BY OUR GOD. WOE TO ANY ENEMY WHO CHALLENGES THAT TRUTH!" ~ Anon
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 May 10
Hi Maggie no need to apologise lol I do not blame you for being worried as I would be to As for the T.A.R.D.I.S. lol I do not know lol
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@BarBaraPrz (20764)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Apr 10
Well, most doctors schedule "new patient" visits for a specific time. You're lucky they could accommodate you so quickly. When I moved, I had to wait months for my first appointment. Since you prefer a woman doctor, maybe the Duty Doctor today was a woman and yesterday's a man? Anyway, I hope by the time you read this you've seen the doctor and gotten some help.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Bar This is the first time I have come across this here But the Doctor I saw was good so it was not to bad
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@BarBaraPrz (20764)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Apr 10
I saw in your other discussion that the doctor was indeed a woman.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hi Gabs. I have run into the same thing since I moved from Montana to Oklahoma in OCtober. After about 20 plus calls I did find a dr/drs? who would take a heart patient HOWEVER, even tho the place was friendly and I had lowered my bar to what I considered quality, they still screwed up on two prescriptions I needed and I never saw the same dr twice. It was called a residency clinic which meant they were practicing to be drs. I finally took an entire day and started calling all drs. in the phone directory and finally found one I thought would be ok.As it turned out he's fine and also has a number for "prompt care" and he too told me any time I needed treatment, regardless..........I could always reach him ! I don't know about where you live but do you have like our 911 calling system that gets an ambulance to you in a hurry ? Actually that is one of the main reasons we moved back here is for the safety of getting care quicker. Health care is better in MOntana but we lived on a mountain pass and riding in an ambulance over that pass twice was scary. Still, keep checking for the right dr. Ask questions on how to get emergency treatments if needed. Dont hedge! Make it very clear that you can get into trouble and in big hurry and this is worrying you. Ask too if they know of another dr or facility that can do you more justice as far as your health care issues goes. They are in the business to help not hender ! I understand too the 1001 questions.................there is really nothing you can do but listen and then politely hand them your notes OR make it VERY clear why you are there in the first place. [i]And, do understand there is a remote possiblity you will need an ambulance to get you to a hospital at least once which will in turn set you up for the long term care you need. Not fun, but it works. hugs, quita[/i]
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Quita, yes we do have that ours is 999 lol But you have to be in bad Way I know what it is like to be rushed of in an Ambulance lol I was 2 years ago Hey but the Gas was great lol Big Hugs
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Good ! I hope all is well this morning..........it's morning here anyways ! 999 , as our 911 :) Yeah, the ambulance rides are a different kind of ride........... I just don't want to have to do even one again............ I had some great people but I wouldn't want to meet them again under those circumstances. Took my new dog, Annie to the vet and she was spayed yesterday.she is doing great this morning. Me too LOL Long night tho :) Hugs, quita
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
27 Apr 10
Hi Gabs, i am so sorry to hear that you are passing from tough times. I do believe that doctors and medicine can help you but if you do not fight and help yourself, you wont make any progress. I believe that even if you have the best doctor in the world you must do your part. I hope that you have family support thus it will make things a bit easier for you. I have been there, experienced it in my family. I hope that you have an area of interest. Develop your talents or have time for yourself. Make sure that you don't have idle time. If you keep yourself occupied, less time to think less time to get depressed. I am not a medical doctor so I can't give much contribution regarding tablets or medicine. Up till now the general practioner is very popular in Malta. He makes home visits and gets to know us on first name basis. He gains medical information not only about you, but also about your siblings, parents and other relatives. I hope that you get your appointments sorted.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
I do help myself Ronald believe me if I did not and had not in the Past I would not be here today lol but for the last 5 years I have needed the Meds to I never took them before but with my Illness now I can not cope as well as I used to
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
29 Apr 10
Hi Gabs you are in my prayers. I do hope that you manage to cope and overcome your illness.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
27 Apr 10
so, you should've taken the doc in May and STILL scheduled the one for tomorrow....
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
I have taken the Doctor and she was great
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 Apr 10
that's GREAT!
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• India
27 Apr 10
so sad. Gabs, I would seriously recommend you to get registered with some alternative therapist. And, learn some wonderful LIFE-SAVING techniques. How about learning to BREATHE? lols.. no, seriously, learning to breathe properly. And, how about learning to live like a HUMAN? ... again, lols. Seriously, we are forgetting to be human beings. the social animals, depending on each other, helping and loving and caring. Without the involvement of saying a THANKYOU or asking for a prior appointment. Or even paying. I have found a forum, though they charge a fee for registration, would be always available to suggest preventive methods. But, .. try something in your locale find some DOCTOR, who will not treat you as your DNA, or something like that. Find someone, who cares you as a HUMAN BEING.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Lol no worries I rated you twice anyway lol
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Apr 10
Same thing over here, it's almost impossible to get a same day appointment with anybody, and often you have to go with a doctor that you don't know even if you are sick enough. Hope you feel better soon...
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Dawn Well it turned out ok as I got a good Doctor, she upped my Tablets and it is helping
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Apr 10
It seems that's how things work now, unless of course you do have a private doctor. Both my mother and grandmother were outpatients at the hospital near me, and it was the same deal. Neither saw the same doctor for their appointments, just whomever was available for their appointments, heck when my mother be in the hospital different times, it wasn't even the same doctor each DAY to check up on her. And yes, it did seem when they made appointments it be weeks to wait. The only way to see a doctor pronto, right away would be to go to the ER
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Pye Hope you feel a bit better I know in Hospitals you never see the same Doctor but they are forced to carry your Notes But I do remember when you just got to see the Doctor you always saw Lucky enough the one I did get was very good
@GardenGerty (102552)
• United States
28 Apr 10
It is hard here to get in to a new doctor. I have retired two of the best in my opinion. I am glad the on call doctor turned out well for you. I am glad the nurse thought to advise you of the best choice. Around here if you get "fit in" at that late a time of day you may be there forever, and that would be stressful too. Always try to take the first appointment of the day or the first after lunch if you have a choice.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Well I did end up waiting for 45 Minutes but well there was nothing that could be done, as I realised the reason I had to wait that long was because she was not rushing and that is good I do not mind waiting then
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Same here...if something hurts you have to wait two weeks? We do have three different options for quick medical attention...but like you say you see someone different everytime....not a good situation.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Jill not it is not good at all The Doctor I got to see though was good and very Nice so I will see how things go from here
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
27 Apr 10
hi gabs... i am so sorry to hear about your depression and difficulty to get appointment with a doctor... to be honest with you, i am very fortunate that i never have to experience something like you and i am always able to get the same doctor that i want unless if the doctor is on leave... as for the appointment, i might have to wait for a bit like 2 days maximum... i hope you get things all sorted out and get better soon gabs... hugs and kisses for you and gissi... take care and have a nice day...
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Lingli Well the Doctor I got to see was good and very Nice She has upped the Dosage on my Anti Depressants for 3 Months and it is helping thank goodness so I am on the way to being normal lol Hugs and Kisses back to you
27 Apr 10
Hi gabs, I think its just awful what you have to go through, these days it hell, years ago we never had any problem and yet in this day and age with computers, you wold think its straight forward as they should have had all your notes, maybe they just cannot be bothered. Love and hugs. Tamara xxx
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Sweetie I would have thought so to but I think it has made it harder for them I don't know and I believe it will get worse Hugs xxxx
@nannacroc (4049)
27 Apr 10
I wish I knew, gabs. I keep telling my girls I can't go to a doctor because I don't know what date I'll be ill on. It seems it's more important to have managers than doctors now. Reading the notes could be helpful.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Hi Nannacroc, you are right I mean are we going to know 2 weeks in advance we are going to be sick? Well the Doctor I saw was good so it was not to bad
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I don't have the problem you have with doctors. I've been seeing the same doctor for 30 some years, and before that, I saw his Dad. I'm afraid though the situation may be changing with the new health care law that was passed in the U.S. First, my doctor is thinking of retiring because of it. So I may be in the same boat as you, soon. As for the depression, I suffer from depression as well. And yes, I have to change medications every so many years, because they just stop working and all I want to do is sleep. I'll wait for your next post to see how your appointment went.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Hi Hofferp Well my next post is up lol and you will see by the post that it went ok and not to bad at all
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
27 Apr 10
Hi gabs, I've had the good fortune of having the same family doctor for more than 25 years but as he isn't much younger than me, I fear that he may be retiring soon. I hope that you find a good doctor, someone who will understand your situation and who you feel relaxed and comfortable with. Take good care. Blessings.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Hi Pose I was very lucky as the duty Doctor was great so I was ok with it today Hugs
• India
27 Apr 10
so sad. Gabs, I would seriously recommend you to get registered with some alternative therapist. And, learn some wonderful LIFE-SAVING techniques. How about learning to BREATHE? lols.. no, seriously, learning to breathe properly. And, how about learning to live like a HUMAN? ... again, lols. Seriously, we are forgetting to be human beings. the social animals, depending on each other, helping and loving and caring. Without the involvement of saying a THANKYOU or asking for a prior appointment. Or even paying. I have found a forum, though they charge a fee for registration, would be always available to suggest preventive methods. But, .. try something in your locale find some DOCTOR, who will not treat you as your DNA, or something like that. Find someone, who cares you as a HUMAN BEING.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Hi there Consultrainer Well I was lucky that the Duty Doctor was great I got things sorted Thanks for this though
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
That's a shame, Gabs. It is about the same way here w/doctors. They could care less. I am very unhappy w/the one i'm going to but the choices are scarce around here. They could care less, all u are to them is a dollar sign. I don't know what happened w/them & compassion. I hope u are soon feeling better & can find u a good doctor there. I'll wish u alot of luck because i feel like u will need it.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Well Jo as you know I got lucky with the Duty Doctor she was very nice Thank you for caring Sweet