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    I think I need to go to the doctor to get something on my vulva checked out. Now, how would I go about booking an appointment for that? I don't have a regular GP - the surgery I go to tends to slot me in (lol) with any doctor who has an opening. (lol)

    Do the receptionists need to know the nature of my problem, so they can get the examination room ready, i.e. the table thing? Or can I just ask for a doctor's appointment, rock up on the day and when the doctor asks "How can I help you?", I simply reply "Well, I'd like you to take a look at my vulva"? It sounds silly, but is that how it's done?

    Be nice to me if this is a genuinely stupid question - I've only been to the doctor with a problem like this before, when they wanted to swab me, and they had to get the speculum ready and autoclaved, so the appointment was made on a different day, and everyone involved knew what the problem was..

    Thanks!

    EDIT: Whoops. Forgot to tick anon. Ah well, anyone who knows me and sees this can just get over the fact that I have genitals. :P
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    Hey, I'm a Doctor.

    I can check it for you.

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    No the receptionist doesn't have to know, i'm assuming you're going to cripps?

    Go in and ask to make an appointment with a female doctor..it happens daily and is perfectly acceptable!

    When they ask you whats wrong just be honest and spit it out- they've seen it all before, lumps bumps and tits...!!
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    No I don't think you would need to tell the receptionist. Just book an appointment, turn up and let the GP make of your issue what they will. If they need to book a follow-up appointment they'll let you know.
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    No the receptionist doesn't have to know, i'm assuming you're going to cripps?

    Go in and ask to make an appointment with a female doctor..it happens daily and is perfectly acceptable!

    When they ask you whats wrong just be honest and spit it out- they've seen it all before, lumps bumps and tits...!!
    Yep, it'll be Cripps.

    Ok, so when I see the doctor, and they say "How can I help you?" and I spit out what the problem is, will I be examined there and then? My other half seems to think that I would be referred to a gynaecologist rather than have the GP examine me.. I'm shy enough when it comes to doctors, so having a good idea of what I can expect and if I'll be referred to another doctor helps!!
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    (Original post by Fjarskafinn)
    Yep, it'll be Cripps.

    Ok, so when I see the doctor, and they say "How can I help you?" and I spit out what the problem is, will I be examined there and then? My other half seems to think that I would be referred to a gynaecologist rather than have the GP examine me.. I'm shy enough when it comes to doctors, so having a good idea of what I can expect and if I'll be referred to another doctor helps!!
    No they'll have a look as sometimes it might be something they can deal with within their own capacity, however you'll be covered up and if you don't want them to see you have the right to say no.

    A referral to a gynaecologist will be made if they think it needs furthur investigation/treatment, but they will discuss this with you.
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    No they'll have a look as sometimes it might be something they can deal with within their own capacity, however you'll be covered up and if you don't want them to see you have the right to say no.

    A referral to a gynaecologist will be made if they think it needs furthur investigation/treatment, but they will discuss this with you.
    Right, I see. Yeah, I would rather they had a look, but my other half thinks that a GP might not be 'allowed' to. I wondered if this was the case, so I thought it was worth asking.

    Thanks very much, I'll book an appointment tomorrow.
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    Just book an appointment with a female doctor
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    (Original post by Fjarskafinn)
    Right, I see. Yeah, I would rather they had a look, but my other half thinks that a GP might not be 'allowed' to. I wondered if this was the case, so I thought it was worth asking.

    Thanks very much, I'll book an appointment tomorrow.
    No no, they're allowed too! What makes him think they aren't?

    Male GP's are advised to have a female chaperone though.
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    No no, they're allowed too! What makes him think they aren't?

    Male GP's are advised to have a female chaperone though.
    I think he thought that GPs would rather not see the patients who could be seen by a gynaecologist - something like the specialist was better qualified to treat patients with specific problems. I don't know, but I have put him right now. :P
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    (Original post by Fjarskafinn)
    I think he thought that GPs would rather not see the patients who could be seen by a gynaecologist - something like the specialist was better qualified to treat patients with specific problems. I don't know, but I have put him right now. :P
    Almost all GPs will have some training in obs and gynae. They aren't specialists, sure, but the majority are quite comfortable doing straightforward examinations and so on. It would be pretty shoddy of them to be referring to gynae clinic without even doing a basic examination tbh. Some practices will have one or two doctors who have a "special interest" in this stuff so it's worth asking about that (you can just tell the receptionists it's a gynae problem).

    Also, most places now use disposable plastic speculums, so probably no worries about autoclaving etc.
 
 
 
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