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to insist on an emergency doctors appointment

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Ludoole Tue 30-Jun-15 22:56:30

I made an appointment a few months ago and ended up being given one 4 weeks later. At the time i was not coping with everything im under a lot of pressure at the moment. Anyway the night before the appointment dp's illness took a turn for the worst so i called and cancelled the appointment.
Today i have realised i need help desperately from the gp. I havent slept for more than 3 hours a night in a year. There is so much going on in my life at the moment (caring responsibilities for ill parents and my ill dp, im moving house in 3 weeks and getting married in just over a month)
Im close to breaking and need to see the gp but i really dont know if this qualifies as justification to ask for an emergency appointment tomorrow.

Chocolatebreadcrumbs Tue 30-Jun-15 23:00:45

Yes- I know many GPs who'll be glad to see you, you sound unwell. Book it first thing tomorrow.

Ludoole Tue 30-Jun-15 23:03:29

Thankyou Chocolate.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 30-Jun-15 23:03:32

I think so too, you need to be seen before you reach your breaking point.

softhedgehog Tue 30-Jun-15 23:05:01

Yes perfectly reasonable (and I'm a GP) - emergencies can be for mental health as well as physical

just don't then bring a list of 10 other non urgent things and get cross when I can't sort them all out

SaucyJack Tue 30-Jun-15 23:05:05

Depending on how they run things at your GP surgery, it's perfectly standard to ring up in the morning for a same day appt. anyway.

Good luck x

topsmart Tue 30-Jun-15 23:06:06

And if you don't get an appt with your own GP, find a GP walk-in centre - you can get help there. Good luck

paulapompom Tue 30-Jun-15 23:06:51

It's an emergency, YaNbu, hope you are feeling better soon xx

Ludoole Tue 30-Jun-15 23:09:29

Softhedgehog, i definitely wouldnt bring a list!!
Doctors appointments are hard to get for weeks here and i know muddled through last time aftet cancelling but things are so much harder now.
Thankyou all.

Nomoretales Tue 30-Jun-15 23:10:37

I wouldn't go to a walk in, for mental health stuff you need more continuity than they can provide.

mushypeasontoast Tue 30-Jun-15 23:13:43

Yes, go to see your GP.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Tue 30-Jun-15 23:18:51

I hope you can get an appointment tomorrow, and that you start to feel better soon. Insomnia is horrible - sleep deprivation is a form of torture.

Definitely better to go to the GP before you reach your breaking point.

Look after yourself. thanks

LuluJakey1 Tue 30-Jun-15 23:21:16

You sound like you need some help and support. Definitely ask for an urgent appointment and don't be fobbed off. flowers

DoJo Tue 30-Jun-15 23:48:25

You need it - your mental health is just as important as your physical health and if you feel like you are close to breaking than prevention would be MUCH better than trying to pick up the pieces if things get worse. Insist, explain how you feel and tell them that you need to be seen. flowers

samsam123 Wed 01-Jul-15 00:01:43

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Iammad Wed 01-Jul-15 00:05:52

Definitely in need of an emergency appointment, hope you are able to get one and things start to improve for you.

littlejohnnydory Wed 01-Jul-15 00:07:04


samsam, would you like a medal? If your mental health didn't suffer that is fortunate for you and not a sign of being superior to the op. If it did suffer and you didn't seek treatment, that's nothing to boast about.

TeresaGuidice Wed 01-Jul-15 00:07:32

My husband had bit of a meltdown a while back due to stress and the GP was brilliant, they saw him right away. Told him he sees people in same position all the time and was nothing to be embarrassed about. If he hadn't gone that day it would have just got a lot worse.

And please ignore samsam who is either on the wind up or is just a complete charmer hmm

defineme Wed 01-Jul-15 00:07:54

In the process of getting on with that immense amount of stress, samsam123 obviously lost her empathy and humanityconfused

ThisTimeIAmMagic Wed 01-Jul-15 00:17:19

Please do go to your GP tomorrow. They will be kind. The pressure just creeps up and up sometimes and you have a lot on your plate. I saw the 'scary' doctor in our practice when I finally cracked and he was so lovely as I sat wailing and snotting all over his office. Take care of yourself thanks

FrancesHouseman Wed 01-Jul-15 00:21:56

I read Samsam's message as "get on with making an emergency appointment" but maybe I'm wrong...

ThisTimeIAmMagic Wed 01-Jul-15 00:34:15

Frances I think that's a very generous interpretation... wink

Ludoole Wed 01-Jul-15 00:59:02

Samsam Im glad you could get on with it. I care for my dad (late stage alzheimers), my mum has depression (partly from dad and partly from problems she has been left with since she recovered from stage 3 cancer) and my dp has terminal cancer.
I guess im not as strong as you....
Thanks to all other posters. Im making the call tomorrow. flowers

Florabeebaby Wed 01-Jul-15 06:47:25

I've followed a few of your threads, you are doing amazing but yes, make sure you get some help and support. Sometimes the burden is too much for just one person to bear.

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