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I think the diagnostic apps sound like a good idea but I do have some reservations.... They are only as good as the information you give them - a GP  has the patient's previous history and can observe signs that the patient may not be aware of.  But it should be less time consuming than trawling through various sites on Google!

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I think the proper ‘medical’ ones do utilise patient history. Computer diagnosis is not something new but was being discussed on the radio this morning regarding the current research. I remember a doctor in Southwell using computer diagnosis on my children years ago. He liked to adopt trendy techniques before they became mainstream. I agree that self diagnosis through Google can be the source of much alarm. My doctor friend tells me that patients now ‘know’ what’s wrong with them even before they they enter the surgery and his diagnosis usually comes as a relief!

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In this world of advanced computer tech etc......

 

I switched medical practices about four months ago and my 'paper' records have not yet made the mile and a half journey from my old practice to the new one.

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20 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

In this world of advanced computer tech etc......

 

I switched medical practices about four months ago and my 'paper' records have not yet made the mile and a half journey from my old practice to the new one.

The NHS may well need more cash but it also needs a thorough investigation into its inefficiency and wastefulness. Medics are not the people to do this. They need external business experience. If only they would ask me.:)

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I have another little problem I need to get sorted.......so rang the Doctors 2.15 pm yesterday for appointment,,expecting 2 or 3 week wait........was amazed when receptionist said  ''ok Ben'' 3.45 ok ?.......couldn't believe it,, got there early 3.30,place was full....seconds after sitting in waiting room....got call......NHS brilliant.....

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I switched practices reluctantly.  I'd been with the previous one since moving here. 42 years. It was 10 minutes walking distance away. It was generally run with a base crew of 4 doctors and the odd locum.  etc., but in the last couple of years has fallen to just two, over two sites. It has also become increasingly chaotic and disorganised, although the local population hasn't changed much. My named Doc was brilliant.  He was also the Cardio specialist.  But he was also extremely popular and I just couldn't get to see him.  It became very difficult to get to see anybody at all.  They also persisted with an antiquated system where you had to queue at reception to see the single person on duty, just to tell them you'd arrived for your appointment. This could mean standing there for ages while somebody in front went on and on about some other issue.  This on occasion actually made me late for appointments, despite turning up in plenty of time. Once finally 'checked in' we'd all sit like Pavlov's Dogs waiting for a buzzer or bell to summon us to one or other of several rooms, according to the number we'd been issued by reception.  That system alone caused endless confusion and arguments.  So.  I moved.

 

New place is a new build. Couple of miles away in the next village, so not always handy for walking.. though I've done that.  Check in is a touch screen system.  Quick and efficient.  Leaves the reception staff free to deal with other stuff.

Doc actually gets out of their seat and comes to the waiting room to collect patients in turn.  Better all round.  She gets to avoid the problems of extended periods sitting down, and it's just a nicer more personal approach.

Also, I can not only book appointments and request repeat prescriptions online, but also view test results and parts of my record.

So far, so good.

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Don't know about 'pull strings' but always have nice 'chats' with the ladies on Reception' and a bit of innocent banter,,think it does help getting appointments,,

 

 

Edit. just seen Jill's comment,, and you are right Gel me bits are fast wearing out......but its been fun....lol

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19 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

The receptionist would be female, Phil, and Ben has worked his magic on her. It's a lifetime of working his magic on women that has worn all his bits out! :rolleyes: what a way to go, eh Ben?

Well at least there's one bit that won't need attention then! ;)

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In our village, we have a 'touch screen' to say when you have  arrived, who you are seeing and what time.  The nurse or doctor usually comes to the waiting room to collect you,  although sometimes it's on the loudspeaker system.   When making an appointment and you say it's urgent, we are triaged by a doctor.   Otherwise it's 3 weeks for an appointment.

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The Lowdham surgery has two separate practices due to a fall out some years ago. They share the same counter but have different receptionists. They other side has the touch screen, my side doesn’t. I don’t know if they speak to one another. An absolutely crazy situation. Other half of family go to Southwell which seems a more switched on setup.

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My new GP Practice:

 

http://www.garswoodsurgery.co.uk/

 

A far better website than my previous Doc's too.  Loads of useful info .. and GP earnings are there for all to see.

 

My 'nominated' Doc is the lovely Dr Anna.. pictured.

 

 

 

Back in the 'dim and distant', I used to go to the surgery in Boowul. The one along main street. I think the building is stil there, between the 'Monkey', and Merchant Street.  IIRC it had a double bay front and  a low wall where railings had been cut off. ( Wartime thing?). The Docs I recall were Murray, Reid and Stilman.  Probably last went there about 1967.

 

Odd, because looking now the double bay with the low wall is Shelton's Solicitors and there's a 'Springfield Medical Centre' next door.  Maybe they moved.  Maybe I'm confused ( Surely not Col!!!  )

 

https://www.google.com/maps/@53.0035435,-1.1952196,3a,60y,335.96h,91.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sa9Vf3-yqwkyo-23Tr8ynzg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

Oh well...

 

Col

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I don't begrudge them so long as they don't ( As one Doc once did.. )complain to me that they are broke.  It's not easy to get the qualifications for entry to medecine, much less get through the training. Takes 10 -12 years after A levels.

 

It used to hack me off that although I was qualified to the same level as a teacher, and spent just as long training ( Degree/Post Grad/ Probationary Year), and worked with the same kids, my salary was around 2/3rds that of a teacher.  And I didn't get six weeks off in the Summer etc.  That said though.. I didn't especially want to be a teacher and I placed a lot of value on having a job I enjoyed.

 

Some people seem to chase the money. Others chase job satisfaction etc.  I suppose the real trick is to get both...

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Many Doctors these days, like Vets prefer to do locum work. Choose what days & hours you want to work. If they can afford to live on three or four days pays then good luck to em !

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Our Dr is on first come first served. He did try to organise a ticket service but found people were going to the surgery early taking a ticket then  going to do their shopping or whatever. Returning late and insisting they go first. It only lasted a week. Two days a week hes in surgery morning and evening 5 day week but he does a regular service at the care home my mum is in.

There are 3-4 drs in the village

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41 minutes ago, catfan said:

Many Doctors these days, like Vets prefer to do locum work. Choose what days & hours you want to work. If they can afford to live on three or four days pays then good luck to em !

 

But not such good luck for those who wait 3 weeks for an appointment. Doesn't seem to be a vocation anymore.

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No jobs, Benefit Office on the doorstep, lots of social housing. Most residents smoke so a ready market for illegal fags & rolling tobacco. good transport links to the city. Hand car washes, need I go on ?

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