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    And are they ever late? Mine are ALWAYS late lol.


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    Just ring up in the early morning, tell them it's urgent and get a same day appointment. Simple.
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    When I had tonsillitis I booked two appointments on the day, within the space of a week.
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    Pretty easy i just type in a number into this cool device i have. How long until my appointment... 2-3 weeks on average

    I had a skin condition on my face (Eczma like) ... It was unusually aggravating... i rang up and got told 3 weeks, i took emergency appointment the next day because it was causing me misery (Had it on eyelids) .. doctor said "i dunooo... you need to see doctor X.. skin specialist.... unfortunately the waiting time for him is 6 weeks"

    wowser.. i didnt even bother making the appointment. I suffered miserably for another 2 weeks and it cleared up
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    Depends on practice, but you should be ringing first thing it opens so you can take advantage of cancelations.
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    At my local practice, you ring between 8:15 and 8:30 for an emergency appointment and after that for normal appointments. They don't let any old person take the emergency ones because they're very far stretched as it is, but I've always found that I can get one if I need one. Even if there are no emergency slots left, they tell you to turn up in the morning and they'll have a doctor find time for you. If I get a normal one, and not for a nurse or anything, I'll usually be waiting a week or two. If I request a specific doctor, the one I usually see and is very familiar with my conditions, I'll have an appointment within about 3 weeks. They're usually incredibly delayed. I'll get there 5-15 minutes early and usually be waiting until between 20 minutes and an hour past my scheduled time, but I don't really mind. I always plan ahead for this. The longest I've been waiting in the surgery past my scheduled appointment time was about 2 and a half hours.
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    At my previous practice they had a "ring on the day for the day policy" and the lines opened at 8am. The lines would be permanently engaged until 8.30; half the time the appointments would be all gone by then and you'd be told to try again tomorrow. I haven't yet made a doctors appointment at my current practice but I've made nurse ones and had to wait a couple of weeks for those. At both the practices the appointments usually run late.
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    I haven't been there for like five years so I don't know.
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    I live in a very small village so appointments aren't usually filled to the brim. I can usually get an appointment for the next day, or if I'm lucky, on the same day (without it being urgent) It's pretty good tbh.
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    It was so easy to get same day appointments before 2004 before the doors were opened to hundreds of thousands of people from 10 EU countries. Doctors actually gave you enough time at your appointment listened to you and compare this to now they want you out of the door ASAP unless your illness is life threatening they don't want to help you.Now it looks like my GP practice is struggling with the numbers of new comers taking up appointments I don't usually go to my GP that much and on the odd occasions where I need to see a GP it has always been a 2 month wait same story with my dentist always been a wait of 4+ weeks, dental procedures are rushed because they want you out of the door ASAP because they can't cope
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    Go there in person and say it's urgent
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    My mum rang up at about 8, appointment at 11

    We always get same day appointments hereeee

    But I do live in the middle of nowhere
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    Erm sort of hard. They open at 8am and if you don't ring up at 8am and get in the phone queue you will not get an appointment. At my GP you can't make appointments in advance either!

    Even if you call at 8:30am, they have all been taken so you just have to make sure you're awake and as soon at 8am hits, you call them.
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    (Original post by Jee1)
    It was so easy to get same day appointments before 2004 before the doors were opened to hundreds of thousands of people from 10 EU countries. Doctors actually gave you enough time at your appointment listened to you and compare this to now they want you out of the door ASAP unless your illness is life threatening they don't want to help you.Now it looks like my GP practice is struggling with the numbers of new comers taking up appointments I don't usually go to my GP that much and on the odd occasions where I need to see a GP it has always been a 2 month wait same story with my dentist always been a wait of 4+ weeks, dental procedures are rushed because they want you out of the door ASAP because they can't cope



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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    Just ring up in the early morning, tell them it's urgent and get a same day appointment. Simple.
    I once did this (because it was urgent) and was told it wasn't. It says on the medication I have to be seen as soon as possible. I went back that afternoon and she reluctantly gave me one for the following day.

    I can get one the same day if I walk in there at 8.30am. If not, I'm waiting a week. Stupid.
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    Next routine GP appointment is 3 weeks to 1 month now. Only 4 GPs at the practice who are heavily stretched as it is.

    However there are emergency telephone triage and face to face appointments everyday for urgent matters.
 
 
 
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