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    Hi guys,

    I'm French and arrived in London last March, almost a year !
    I've been to a doctor here because I have allergies and had been prescribed treatments in France. I called the NHS clinic next to my place. To sum up I had to wait 3 weeks. The doctor only had 10min for me even though I said I had 3 things to discuss. Had intimate problems and they still put me with a guy. Duh... So he prescribed me huge tablets for my allergies because apparently our medicine in France is unknown. Prescribed something off the counter for my problem, that I already took a week before. No examination, just to come back... 3 weeks later.

    I showed up to a London sexual hospital clinic. I was lucky because they could see me within an hour. Had blood tests, full exam, even a culture taken and advice. Real pro ! Didn't pay a thing, uh?

    Now I would like to see a ENT doctor for my allergies and nose.
    The closest one in London is £200 for the first consult, then ONLY $180. Yeah !

    In France you have a private GP on appointments on some days and walk-in in the mornings. So if you are sick you can actually die in reception but will be seen and checked for €26. You're refunded €22 with our "social security" if I remember well. You pay your meds (some can be partially or totally refunded).

    If you want to see a specialist you pay €50-100€?

    So, my question is, what options do I have to actually try to find a decent doctor and solutions to my health problems? As I am not familiar with the system here it's a bit tricky to understand.

    Your experiences / knowledges would be appreciated

    Merci !
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    (Original post by Steikachay)
    Hi guys,

    I'm French and arrived in London last March, almost a year !
    I've been to a doctor here because I have allergies and had been prescribed treatments in France. I called the NHS clinic next to my place. To sum up I had to wait 3 weeks. The doctor only had 10min for me even though I said I had 3 things to discuss. Had intimate problems and they still put me with a guy. Duh... So he prescribed me huge tablets for my allergies because apparently our medicine in France is unknown. Prescribed something off the counter for my problem, that I already took a week before. No examination, just to come back... 3 weeks later.

    I showed up to a London sexual hospital clinic. I was lucky because they could see me within an hour. Had blood tests, full exam, even a culture taken and advice. Real pro ! Didn't pay a thing, uh?

    Now I would like to see a ENT doctor for my allergies and nose.
    The closest one in London is £200 for the first consult, then ONLY $180. Yeah !

    In France you have a private GP on appointments on some days and walk-in in the mornings. So if you are sick you can actually die in reception but will be seen and checked for €26. You're refunded €22 with our "social security" if I remember well. You pay your meds (some can be partially or totally refunded).

    If you want to see a specialist you pay €50-100€?

    So, my question is, what options do I have to actually try to find a decent doctor and solutions to my health problems? As I am not familiar with the system here it's a bit tricky to understand.

    Your experiences / knowledges would be appreciated

    Merci !
    Are you registered with a GP? (General Practitioner) Usually, you'd see them first and then they can refer you to ENT,
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    (Original post by Steikachay)
    Now I would like to see a ENT doctor for my allergies and nose.
    The closest one in London is £200 for the first consult, then ONLY $180. Yeah !
    Wouldn't it be cheaper to fly home for 2 days? I don't have any experience but that was my first thought, if it was me it would for sure be cheaper to fly home for two-three days!
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    Are you registered with a GP? (General Practitioner) Usually, you'd see them first and then they can refer you to ENT,
    Yeah my GP is a random one at the NHS clinic that I have to wait 3 weeks to see...

    (Original post by paulaxw)
    Wouldn't it be cheaper to fly home for 2 days? I don't have any experience but that was my first thought, if it was me it would for sure be cheaper to fly home for two-three days!
    I thought about it, but as I plan to live here indefinitly, i'd rather like to know how it works and be seen here. If I have kids later it's sucks that i don't know what to do if they are ill. :/
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    (Original post by Steikachay)
    I thought about it, but as I plan to live here indefinitly, i'd rather like to know how it works and be seen here. If I have kids later it's sucks that i don't know what to do if they are ill. :/
    Oh that's definitely true!
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    (Original post by Steikachay)
    Hi guys,

    I'm French and arrived in London last March, almost a year !
    I've been to a doctor here because I have allergies and had been prescribed treatments in France. I called the NHS clinic next to my place. To sum up I had to wait 3 weeks. The doctor only had 10min for me even though I said I had 3 things to discuss. Had intimate problems and they still put me with a guy. Duh... So he prescribed me huge tablets for my allergies because apparently our medicine in France is unknown. Prescribed something off the counter for my problem, that I already took a week before. No examination, just to come back... 3 weeks later.

    I showed up to a London sexual hospital clinic. I was lucky because they could see me within an hour. Had blood tests, full exam, even a culture taken and advice. Real pro ! Didn't pay a thing, uh?

    Now I would like to see a ENT doctor for my allergies and nose.
    The closest one in London is £200 for the first consult, then ONLY $180. Yeah !

    In France you have a private GP on appointments on some days and walk-in in the mornings. So if you are sick you can actually die in reception but will be seen and checked for €26. You're refunded €22 with our "social security" if I remember well. You pay your meds (some can be partially or totally refunded).

    If you want to see a specialist you pay €50-100€?

    So, my question is, what options do I have to actually try to find a decent doctor and solutions to my health problems? As I am not familiar with the system here it's a bit tricky to understand.

    Your experiences / knowledges would be appreciated

    Merci !
    Hi there. How it usually works with the NHS is you have a registered GP who is your first contact for everything but emergencies. You book an appointment with them and if necessary they can refer you to a specialist. There are some criteria you'll usually have to meet to see a specialist though since it's free and you don't want people going for no real reason and wasting time and money.
    With a GP you will usually have to wait a while for an appointment and will be given a standard appointment of 10 mins with either your GP or another GP at the surgery depending on when they are available etc. If you would like a longer appointment or to see a specific doctor you'll have to ask, but it can usually be done.

    (That's the basic GP system, but you can check out the NHS website for more details or info on things like A&E, walk in centres, dentist etc. I imagine it could be quite confusing looking through it all if you're not originally from here so if there is anything you want to know I can try to find the right link for you or explain it a bit. There's just so much stuff that I would be able to cover it all at once though.)

    Essentially you see your GP for anything unless it's an emergency or dental and you don't have to pay for anything other than medications or dental care (with one or two exceptions).

    In your case to see a specialist on the NHS you would need to see your GP and ask for that. They would then have to check you fit the criteria and if you do they will refer you to the specialist who will set up an appointment with you. Specialist appointments can take quite a while to get depending on who is with and what it's for. I would not be surprised if you have to wait a couple of months. You will not have to pay for a specialist appointment from the NHS.

    You can also access private care in the UK though so if you don't fit the referral criteria or want to be seen sooner you can look into that. That can be quite expensive though as you've found out. You can look around at different options, but most of the time the NHS is your best bet because of the cost. You can check you don't have access to insurance through work which could save you a lot of money going private, but you would likely already know if you did.


    Hope that makes sense. Feel free to ask any questions if it doesn't all add up for you.
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    Hi there. How it usually works with the NHS is you have a registered GP who is your first contact for everything but emergencies. You book an appointment with them and if necessary they can refer you to a specialist. There are some criteria you'll usually have to meet to see a specialist though since it's free and you don't want people going for no real reason and wasting time and money.
    With a GP you will usually have to wait a while for an appointment and will be given a standard appointment of 10 mins with either your GP or another GP at the surgery depending on when they are available etc. If you would like a longer appointment or to see a specific doctor you'll have to ask, but it can usually be done.

    (That's the basic GP system, but you can check out the NHS website for more details or info on things like A&E, walk in centres, dentist etc. I imagine it could be quite confusing looking through it all if you're not originally from here so if there is anything you want to know I can try to find the right link for you or explain it a bit. There's just so much stuff that I would be able to cover it all at once though.)

    Essentially you see your GP for anything unless it's an emergency or dental and you don't have to pay for anything other than medications or dental care (with one or two exceptions).

    In your case to see a specialist on the NHS you would need to see your GP and ask for that. They would then have to check you fit the criteria and if you do they will refer you to the specialist who will set up an appointment with you. Specialist appointments can take quite a while to get depending on who is with and what it's for. I would not be surprised if you have to wait a couple of months. You will not have to pay for a specialist appointment from the NHS.

    You can also access private care in the UK though so if you don't fit the referral criteria or want to be seen sooner you can look into that. That can be quite expensive though as you've found out. You can look around at different options, but most of the time the NHS is your best bet because of the cost. You can check you don't have access to insurance through work which could save you a lot of money going private, but you would likely already know if you did.


    Hope that makes sense. Feel free to ask any questions if it doesn't all add up for you.
    Thank you very much for your detailed answer, I understand a lot better now I'll try and get a specialist referral through my GP then! We'll see
    Thanks again!
 
 
 
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