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    Hi, I've recently (l10 months ago) moved address and registered with a GP. I haven't had any health issues so I've never been/never met my doctor.

    Anyway I've got an issue that has been bothering my for about a year and now it's getting worse - I've no idea what it is because the symptoms point to various things when I googled it (bad idea, I know).

    I rang up the surgery and the soonest they can see me its tomorrow but it's a nurse, not a doctor. I said yes because I need to start finding out what this is - but will they end up having to refer me to my doctor anyway? Can they prescribe anything if they know what it is? Basically, will I end up having to re-book and see my doctor? Not sure if I should cancel and re-book or go to it.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi, I've recently (l10 months ago) moved address and registered with a GP. I haven't had any health issues so I've never been/never met my doctor.

    Anyway I've got an issue that has been bothering my for about a year and now it's getting worse - I've no idea what it is because the symptoms point to various things when I googled it (bad idea, I know).

    I rang up the surgery and the soonest they can see me its tomorrow but it's a nurse, not a doctor. I said yes because I need to start finding out what this is - but will they end up having to refer me to my doctor anyway? Can they prescribe anything if they know what it is? Basically, will I end up having to re-book and see my doctor? Not sure if I should cancel and re-book or go to it.
    A practice nurse should have a qualification which allows them to prescribe medication but if it ends up being something which needs referral to hospital or anything then they should book you in to see the GP.
    I've pretty much not seen a GP in 3 years, i just ask to see the practice nurse to get an appointment quicker and they've always been able to treat me so definitely go to the appointment.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    A practice nurse should have a qualification which allows them to prescribe medication but if it ends up being something which needs referral to hospital or anything then they should book you in to see the GP.
    I've pretty much not seen a GP in 3 years, i just ask to see the practice nurse to get an appointment quicker and they've always been able to treat me so definitely go to the appointment.
    Thank you, yes it's a practice nurse
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    Take the nurse, she will have clear rules on knowing what seh can competently dela with and the common sense to refer it to a GP if needed.
 
 
 
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