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[Oct. 12th, 2005|01:54 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
GP Services appear to be a bit rubbish in Greenwich. For a start, I had no choice of which doctor to use, I was simply allocated one as if this were the Soviet Union or something. Then last night, I put a prescription request in the posting box there and I just called to see when I'd be able to pick it up. I was redirected to some central number who informed me taht the medical centre is closed until tomorrow morning. Excuse me? Closed for the afternoon? I'd better try and avoid becoming ill then I suppose.

My last doctors' was miles better, it even had a website for a start that you could use to order prescriptions on, which is fair enough, this being nearly the space year 2006. The staff there actually seemed to care a bit as well, the nurse used to nag me about diabetic stuff, where the best I could get out of the practice nurse here when I went for my new patient check-up was "One of the other practices round here has diabetic surgeries on a Saturday, sometimes, I think. Wotevah." Oh, and they do the rubbish system where you can only book an appointment for the same day, which is rubbish. Usually, when I need to go it's for something non-urgent, so I'd rather book for a couple of weeks ahead to get a decent time. This way, it's rubbish.

Also, it looks like I left it too late to book for the Book Club tonight. I called at lunchtime, and the recorded message said they were now taking bookings for the next one. I left a message about tonight anyway, but I'm not hopeful. Bah.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2005-10-12 01:01 pm (UTC)
Excuse me? Closed for the afternoon?

It's Wednesday. No one is allowed to get ill on a Wednesday afternoon in London.
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2005-10-12 01:02 pm (UTC)
When I called, the recorded message was still talking about taking bookings for September. Are you sure it wasn't the same one I got?
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2005-10-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
I just phoned it again to check; they're talking about the 28th of September. Rubbish, eh?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2005-10-12 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ah. I wasn't really paying asttention and only heard 28th, I then assumed October. I'll call again. Are you going then?
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2005-10-12 01:17 pm (UTC)
If they call me back (and if they haven't already tried to call me back while I wasn't at my desk) I am!
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2005-10-12 01:31 pm (UTC)
Cool. I've just called again, to make up for the confusing message I left earlier with a probably more confusing one. I don't imagine they'll call back, they're probably more likely to ban me from the venue for being strange, but I may see you later.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2005-10-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well, they called me and I'm in.
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[User Picture]From: sevenwindmills
2005-10-12 01:15 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of doctors in London are linked from some big website - can't remember the url though, but I had that with my last docs in New Cross - some do have their own sites though.. it was googlable...

I know most places say to allow 48 hours for prescriptions - but then some also allow you to fax the request to them, rather than having to deliver it...

Mind, York seems more hi-tech than London - my mum emails her repeat prescription requests in to her surgery...
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[User Picture]From: grapefruitzzz
2005-10-12 01:26 pm (UTC)
I can sympathise. One of the reasons I left London was because I couldn't find a doctor to register with for six weeks even though I have a medical condition that needs regular prescriptions. I ended up going to a miserable old sod five miles away from home and had to take two afternoons off work to order and collect prescriptions. Vile town.
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[User Picture]From: very_true_thing
2005-10-12 02:19 pm (UTC)
"they do the rubbish system where you can only book an appointment for the same day, which is rubbish."

Blame Tony Blair. He made this stupid speech where he said that all patients must be seen by their GP within 48 hours of making an appointment or some such rubbish. And suddenly the whole GP appointment system falls apart as people try to rig things to meet his goal.
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[User Picture]From: ultraruby
2005-10-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm having he same touble with doctors at the moment. All I need is more asthma medicine, but I've still got to make an appointment (preferably by ringing on the day, but maybe they could book me two days in advance, maybe one day, they weren't sure). I wish they could just issue me with a thing that says 'this person is allowed to buy such and such medicine' so I could go to the pharmacy without taking up the doctor's (and my) time.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-12 05:00 pm (UTC)
Can't you just ask for a repeat prescription? My GP asks me to have an Asthma Review every six months but I have both inhalers on repeat prescription so I can get more within 24 hours.

JudyHuxtable xxx
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[User Picture]From: ultraruby
2005-10-12 05:12 pm (UTC)
I thought I had asked for a repeat prescription, but apparently there isn't anything on my records. I haven't had a review in years, though, so maybe I'm due for one.
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From: shewho
2005-10-12 02:59 pm (UTC)
i called ages ago (ok some days) and they haven't called back. i figure turn up early and hope for the best. worst case scenario = early night.

i don't have a dr. it is nigh on impossible to actually find a practice taking people on near my house. i shall have to accidentally bump someone off.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-12 04:20 pm (UTC)
Sod that. You can change GP (as long as they have space) without giving a reason - find a couple of local surgeries and go in and ask.

JudyHuxtable xxx
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2005-10-12 05:39 pm (UTC)
In London, "as long as they have space" isn't a given. Doubly so for dentists.
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