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Hello, i was just wandering if anyone could tell me anything about them?

Do you literally just walk in and then wait until a doctor can see you? Do you have to tell the receptionist what you want to see a doctor for? Do you have to pay? Whats the average waiting time? Can you go to the NHS walk in with any kind of problems?

Sorry for all the questions. Thank you in advance for any replies
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I doubt you;d have to pay but i DONT know the procedures. Have you tried google?
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Do you literally just walk in and then wait until a doctor can see you?
Yep.

Do you have to tell the receptionist what you want to see a doctor for?
Not sure. Sorry.

Do you have to pay?
You only pay for any medicines you get from the chemist, and then only if you normally pay (ie, are over 18, not in education, not claiming benefits).

Whats the average waiting time?
From my experience it is quite quick but I guess it depends when you go. Most are open from like 7am though when you get seen straight away.

Can you go to the NHS walk in with any kind of problems?
It is usually minor things or "minor" emergencies. For example, cuts that need dressing.
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Thank You! Google wasn't very helpful

Also, would we have to register or something if we wanted an appointment? And would this get back to the GP or anything?
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When i've been they give you a form to fill in and you put why you want to see a doctor on there - you could always be quite vague or not fill that bit in though and I don't think they'd say anything. There's also a bit which asks whether or not you want the information given to your GP so that's up to you. Waiting times really vary though. And there's no need to make an appointment, you just go and wait until your turn to be seen.
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Can pregnancy testing be done?
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Pregnancy testing can be done, yeah. They just give you a pot to pee in and it gets sent off to be tested.

And the receptionist didn't ask me any questions, just my name, I think. I had to wait a long time - about 2hrs. And I turned up at the start of the session, I'd've had to have waited longer if I'd've turned up when it had been in progress for a couple of hours. My advice would be to get there early.
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Thank you for the replies and advice. I've got an exam tomorrow until midday. It will probably be very busy once i get there im guessing.

Is it possible to make an appointment for the next day or another day?
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No, you can't make an appointment for a Walk In Centre... that's kind of the whole point of them, you just walk in and get seen (in theory). I think they're usually nurse-led, so you probably wouldn't see a doctor, but a nurse can certainly do a pregnancy test.

If you're looking for alternatives, you could always make an appointment with a GP (if you say it's a pregnancy issue they'll probably give you a same day appointment) and if you're too shy to see your own GP, you could see another one in the same practice.
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U answered a question i was just about to ask. Wanted to ask whether i could ask for a female doctor/nurse.

I think i'll go to the Walk In centre tomorrow and see how long i'd have to wait. It'd be worth waiting for!

Another question.. would going to the NHS walk in mean that the test will be put onto my medical files?
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Sorry to be abit annoying, but does anyone know the answer to my last question? I need to get to bed for my early exam

Sorry and thank you!
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you can choose not to have the walk-in appointment logged on your files so your real doctor will have no idea of it. i assume that means they won't record any minor information on it either(obv important stuff the would.. like, idk, serious illness?)
i go to one in boots occasionally and the wait is always long, at least an hour.
you can get free pregnancy testing and all sorts of tests.
you don't have to tell the reception why you want to go. i think they asked me if i needed to see a nurse or a dotor though.
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OK, to save me making a new thread I'll hijack this one.

Will I be able to get antibiotics from a walk-in centre, or will I have to go to my own GP? (I'll explain only if necessary)
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Hijack away I don't know your answer but thank you to everyone who replied to my queries much much appreciated! Good night all
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doctors and nurses can prescribe antibiotics, so that is what they'll do. you then take the prescription to the chemist and they give you the drugs. no problems
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doctors and nurses can prescribe antibiotics, so that is what they'll do. you then take the prescription to the chemist and they give you the drugs. no problems
Cool, thanks. That's all I needed to know
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It is usual to send a summary of each attendance to a patient's GP in the interests of continuity of care.

Walk in centres are usually nurse led, but may also house out of hours GP services in evenings or weekends. A minority will have permanent GPs.

Why not just go to your GP? They have all your records, are more experienced than walk in centre nurses, and can follow you up if needs be. Your GP will respect your confidentiality so nobody has to know you've seen them.

You can always ask to see a female doctor or nurse, but there is no guarantee one will be available. You may also have to wait until one is free, which may take longer. If none are working that day you can always come back another time, or see a male.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
U answered a question i was just about to ask. Wanted to ask whether i could ask for a female doctor/nurse.

I think i'll go to the Walk In centre tomorrow and see how long i'd have to wait. It'd be worth waiting for!

Another question.. would going to the NHS walk in mean that the test will be put onto my medical files?
Only doctors and other medical staff can see your medical files as a general rule anyway, and they can't tell your parents and the like easily.

If you are really worried about that sort of thing, you could try going to a family planning clinic - you fill in a form (and can give incorrect details as many do, such as name) and then they will check you out. Or you could just go to a chemist/supermarket and buy a test off the shelf and then only you know you've taken in and can then decide what you want to do next.
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So i went to my NHS walk in today to have a test done (which came out negative) and although the receptionist/nurse said to waiting was 1 n half hours, i had to give my sample and it was pretty much done within half an hour

But i was wandering, how experienced are these nurses? The nurse that told me my result and asked me questions was also the receptionist lady who saw to me when i got there.
When i told her that i've not actually had sex and that i was worried because i didn't know whether a guy had anything on his fingers when he touched me.. she kind of just stared at me as though i was stupid. I explained that i've herd its possible to have periods and bleed when pregnant but she didn't really say anything about it and basically said i can't be pregnant because i was fingered.
I told her i knew that it was highly unlikly but i was paranoid, and thinking that she would reassure me and make me feel better about my worries. But no, she carried on with the questions and then told me my result and then i left.

I know that me being paranoid and getting a test done was probably a waste of her time, but i was worried, and she could have at least reassured me right?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
So i went to my NHS walk in today to have a test done (which came out negative) and although the receptionist/nurse said to waiting was 1 n half hours, i had to give my sample and it was pretty much done within half an hour

But i was wandering, how experienced are these nurses? The nurse that told me my result and asked me questions was also the receptionist lady who saw to me when i got there.
When i told her that i've not actually had sex and that i was worried because i didn't know whether a guy had anything on his fingers when he touched me.. she kind of just stared at me as though i was stupid. I explained that i've herd its possible to have periods and bleed when pregnant but she didn't really say anything about it and basically said i can't be pregnant because i was fingered.
I told her i knew that it was highly unlikly but i was paranoid, and thinking that she would reassure me and make me feel better about my worries. But no, she carried on with the questions and then told me my result and then i left.

I know that me being paranoid and getting a test done was probably a waste of her time, but i was worried, and she could have at least reassured me right?

No not at all! what a waste of NHS money! you could ahve gone to tesco and brought one for £3 and peed on it your self in your own loo.

I mean really, did you not have sex education at school? :eek:
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