About: NHS Ayrshire & Arran NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Posted by annoyed patient (as ),
In Kilmarnock, Portland road surgery it is impossible to get an appointment after working hours. I can leave work early and get to the surgery for 4:30 but the surgery prefers to book all appointments in the mornings. For example, I literally cannot get a smear test in this surgery as they will only do them on a Tuesday morning. Since I work for a living (and hence pay for the NHS) I can't get to the doctors at that time.
Another example is getting my son's vaccinations. I had some difficulty to even get an afternoon appointment (with a wait of several months) and then had to take an afternoon (unpaid!) off my work to attend. While I obviously value my son's health enough to do this it makes me incredibly angry as I feel that the whole system is set up to cater for those not in work.