"No problem obtaining an appointment"
About: Birley Health Centre Birley Health Centre Sheffield S12 3BP
Posted by selinajane (as ),
When I wrote my last story in which I detailed that I had an appointment with a gp on three consecutive days, to which Birley Health Centre responded. I would point out that the appointments were made as they were urgent and I needed to be seen on the same day. As I felt so ill if I could not have got the appointments I would have had to request a home visit. From my point of view I want to make it clear that there has never been a problem in obtaining a gp appointment if the patient does not mind which doctor they see. If an urgent appointment is needed then clearly you have to see which doctors are available.
Under normal cirumstances I still stick with what I believe as do others and what has been documented; it is much better for a patient to see the same doctor in order to build up a good patient doctor relationship that comes from seeing the same doctor especially in the older patient who has chronic long-term problems that demand the continuing involvement of a doctor with knowledge of the patient, and an ability to understand the total context of a patient and their life and circumstances. This can only be gained by seeing the same doctor.