I'd been trying to get through to my husband's GP surgery (I go to a different surgery) for an hour and 20 minutes - it was engaged all that time - and then when I DID get through, I was put in the queue, position 8! I waited, and when I was in position 2, the line went dead! And now it's engaged again! It's ridiculous.
Shoot me down if you want, but I expect GPs are now so used to doing the odd phone call rather than face to face during lockdown, it’s a nice number for them as they are still drawing their full salary. But enough is enough, I want to see my doctor face to face. I should be monitored regularly as I’m on a CPAP machine for sleep apnoea. I haven’t seen anyone for 18 months and had only one phone call. My machine should also be checked periodically but it hasn’t.
I work in a hospital which is back (and has been for a while) doing routine surgery. It’s so upsetting to see so many advanced cancers coming our way. A lady with advanced mouth cancer who was told (over the phone with no dr/dentist actually looking at her) to use a mouth gargle as it was probably mouth ulcers due to stress. A 60 year old man who was told his neck lump was ‘just a cosmetic problem’ for 8 months - advanced throat cancer. But the worse one, a newly wed young lady feeling very unwell for months, was giving antibiotics for a ‘chest infections’. After a few months she rang to tell the dr the whites of her eyes were yellow and was told it was probably a side effect of medication. She collapsed and died last month. I am beyond angry at the appalling way the GP’s have behaved throughout this pandemic