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A doctor question

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Daddima Wed 15-Apr-20 15:01:37

I was just wondering, what happens if you have a non Covid issue about which you need to see your GP. I’m sure I read or heard that you should phone 111 , but that may have been for Covid. So, if you needed an antibiotic or other medicine, would the doctor refer you to the pharmacy, or are pharmacists able to dispense prescription medicines without doctors’ input?
I don’t need to see a doctor, I was just wondering.

narrowboatnan Thu 16-Apr-20 12:35:30

Our surgery is using the Ask My GP service. It's brilliant and much better than before when, like others have said, appointments were like gold dust. It's all done by email using a link on the surgery web site.

GreenGran78 Thu 16-Apr-20 12:36:05

Heaven help anyone who needed a smear test! ?

GreenGran78 Thu 16-Apr-20 12:37:51

That was in reply to bijou, and patients being seen in ther car by the doctor.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 16-Apr-20 12:49:58

Only doctors may write prescriptions, so phone yours.

Legs55 Thu 16-Apr-20 13:25:41

My GP Surgery is phone contact first, usual practice is a return telephone call & advice/prescription. If GP or PN needs to see you an appointment will be made. Doors are locked so you can't walk in. Any-one who doesn't use online service for repeat prescriptions now has to ring up.

I don't know about other Surgeries but mine opened both Good Friday & Easter Monday as normal

Mirren Thu 16-Apr-20 13:56:01

Netty, its not entirely true that you still need to actually see a GP to get a prescription although I appreciate your GP may still want to do this . It is " best practice " to ensure that we do not use antibiotics when not needed .
However, I am a retired Gp and my daughter a working GP and they are definitely giving prescriptions out after phone or video consultations.
Not ideal , I know and for me , after decades of trying hard not to do this , needs must in these dark days .
So , all surgeries may differ in their approach but if you are unwell you must still contact your GP .
There are many people who are not doing this , to their detriment. They may be fearful : they may see their symptoms as of lesser importance to Covid-19; they may not want to be a nuisance.
My fear is that people will become more ill than they might do or that new , serious illnesses fail to get diagnosed until this is over .

Esspee Thu 16-Apr-20 14:24:35

I have a hospital appointment for Monday. Called them this morning to be told the outpatient clinic has been cancelled.
Called my doctor's office and got a call back from the GP within 5 mins. He said he would call the consultant and get back to me. Four minutes later he was back on the phone to say my consultant will be calling me on Monday.
I am so impressed. Never had such prompt attention, though have never had cause to complain, ever!

Greciangirl Thu 16-Apr-20 14:50:44

It’s quite simple really
You ring surgery, get given a telephone consultation with gp.
If he or she decides you need to be seen, then arrangements are made for you to go to surgery, I think.
Most consultations are over the phone.

vegansrock Thu 16-Apr-20 15:02:43

I’m more worried about having a dental problem as my dentists is closed. They can only offer advice or prescribe analgesics / antibiotics over the phone. On their website it says you have to phone 111 for a dental emergency.

Barmeyoldbat Thu 16-Apr-20 15:47:08

I phoned my daughter surgery yesterday and spoke to a Dr who I must admit was lovely, he has now taken control and is sorting out my daughters problem over lack of medication in stock.

Skweek1 Fri 17-Apr-20 10:12:22

Our local Boots is in one of our two shopping centres and is locked up, so no hearing or eye tests, prescription collection or any purchases!

sarahanew Fri 17-Apr-20 16:22:36

In our area the surgeries are working together, each open for different things. You need to email in your symptoms and they will phone you or email you or give you an appointment at the appropriate surgery, whichever is more appropriate

PattyFingers Mon 20-Apr-20 08:55:25

I had a telephone appointment with my doctor and a prescription was collected shortly afterwards.

GrandmaMoira Tue 21-Apr-20 15:14:03

My surgery has a long online form to complete. I had a one sentence response with no further follow up.