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So my iron levels were identified as being very low whilst I was at university in the north, so the doctor prescribed me iron tablets for two months. I have a week's supply left and I'm supposed to have a blood test to ascertain if they helped or not. Except I live in the south and am registered at my university health practice in the north. I called my local doctor, who said they only treat people not registered if it's an emergency. I called the doctors I'm registered with who said I can just become a temporary patient at my local doctors, have a doctor's appointment and my doctor will recommend a blood test. But I'm thinking, surely my local doctors would have just suggested that the first time I called them? It sounds stupid but I'm kind of scared to call again in case they just say the same thing again.
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So my iron levels were identified as being very low whilst I was at university in the north, so the doctor prescribed me iron tablets for two months. I have a week's supply left and I'm supposed to have a blood test to ascertain if they helped or not. Except I live in the south and am registered at my university health practice in the north. I called my local doctor, who said they only treat people not registered if it's an emergency. I called the doctors I'm registered with who said I can just become a temporary patient at my local doctors, have a doctor's appointment and my doctor will recommend a blood test. But I'm thinking, surely my local doctors would have just suggested that the first time I called them? It sounds stupid but I'm kind of scared to call again in case they just say the same thing again.
Some practices are oversubscribed and will not take on new patients so maybe that's why they didn't mention it. Also, registering as a temporary resident requires processing paperwork so maybe they didn't want to create more work for themselves. Just contact them again and ask. Or just wait until you go back to your usual GP - surely it will just be a few more weeks before you go back?
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But I'm thinking, surely my local doctors would have just suggested that the first time I called them?
Not necessarily. Some people are lazy. Some people are stupid.

Here is some info https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-que...ent-with-a-gp/

Call them again - worst case is that they say no again... in which case you've lost nothing, right? In life: you don't lose anything by asking, you lose A LOT by not asking
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