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Getting a doctor's appointment

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Antonia Sun 05-Nov-17 11:08:10

I have just moved to the UK (at the end of August) after 17 years living in France. I am finding myself very confused about the two health systems. For instance, I have pre diabetes and in France, had a blood test every three months, or whenever I requested one. Here I am told it will be 'near my birthday!' in other words once a year. In France there was a yearly appointment with a heart specialist, but when I asked about that the doctor just looked bemused and asked why I would want a heart specialist. At the moment I need to see a doctor and when I try to get an appointment, in a clinical practice where there are at least 8 doctors, I find there is nothing at all available for the next two weeks! I knew before we moved that the NHS wasn't great but I find it worse than I expected. What do people do here when they need a doctor? I want to see one soon, not in a couple of weeks. I will try a chemist instead.

Antonia Thu 16-Nov-17 08:41:26

puppytoe I don't know if it was an ECG I had; it involved being hooked up to sensors linked to a computer while I pedalled a static bicycle as fast as I could (I won't be competing in the Tour de France, it seems). Morgana we loved France but came back partly to see more of our family, so unfortunately going back isn't an option.

Morgana Thu 16-Nov-17 18:39:48

I was joking really Antonia

Morgana Thu 16-Nov-17 18:41:53

You do have to 'fight' now to get what u want from G.P. D.H. is diabetic and has a six month check up at diabetes clinic. We did have to fight for it.

rossalex Tue 05-Oct-21 13:04:13

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