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To think if I want a blood pressure and cholesterol test I should be able to have one

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muttrat Thu 13-Apr-17 10:19:53

Without having to wait until next Friday for a telephone conversation with my gp to discuss why before they let me book an appointment?

I'm 51, going through menopause, my grandmother died of heart disease. I want to start running but want to get everything checked first.

Trifleorbust Thu 13-Apr-17 10:20:44

Does your surgery not do general health check ups with the nurse?

muttrat Thu 13-Apr-17 10:23:37

That's what I was hoping for. I told the receptionist I wanted a blood and cholesterol test and she said I'd have to book a call back from the gp next Friday confused

Trifleorbust Thu 13-Apr-17 10:25:19

How very odd.

DancingLedge Thu 13-Apr-17 10:34:36

£15 Lloyd's pharmacy.

Good thing to get done, but you'll get in much quicker this way. (And leave an NHS appt free for someone who has to wait 2 weeks while in pain/distress )

Kudos for starting running.

madamginger Thu 13-Apr-17 10:38:23

£5 for a cholesterol test at Tesco pharmacy and the BP test is free. Or it's £10 for a health check.

mousymary Thu 13-Apr-17 10:42:47

Pay for it.

I was waiting in doctor's and in came a couple (with walking poles...) insisting on cholesterol and blood tests because they had started a new diet and wanted a baseline check. Fgs, no wonder the NHS is in trouble if people won't fork out for a simple service the pharmacy offers.

Wando1986 Thu 13-Apr-17 10:44:46

Just go to the chemist hmm

MargotLovedTom1 Thu 13-Apr-17 10:46:50

It's £20 for a health check in Tesco madamsmile.

watchoutformybutt Thu 13-Apr-17 10:46:53

There will be people who are a higher priority and will need appointments. Just go to the chemist.

muttrat Thu 13-Apr-17 10:51:34

I don't want to pay for it! I thought private health care was undermining the NHS??

MargotLovedTom1 Thu 13-Apr-17 10:52:52

Well just wait then!

muttrat Thu 13-Apr-17 10:53:34

It's hardly a luxury. It's a crucial pice of diagnostic information which could help people make really positive changes which will save the NHS millions in the long run!

RuggerHug Thu 13-Apr-17 10:54:08

If you 'don't want to' as opposed to 'can't pay' then you wait. hmm

muttrat Thu 13-Apr-17 10:54:21

It's more expensive to waste the GPS time with a call back surely?

watchoutformybutt Thu 13-Apr-17 10:54:51

It'll save the NHS immediately if you pay for it. You're very entitled. People will be waiting for appointments while in pain. Your need isn't immediately essential.

Lelloteddy Thu 13-Apr-17 10:55:15

Pay for it?
Unfortunately the NHS doesn't provide an 'on demand'service.

And I suspect that inappropriate use of resources is a bigger issue than private healthcare wink

teainbed Thu 13-Apr-17 10:55:52

It will probably be ok but if patients were allowed to just book in for anything they liked the system would be overwhelmed. Some patients would want bloods checked every month 'just in case' when they weren't indicated. GPs are the gatekeepers of these services. Also a bit of counselling may be needed including risk scoring and a discussion about lifestyle.

madamginger Thu 13-Apr-17 10:56:50

Margot its £10 for a Tesco health check. I work for them wink

RainbowsAndUnicorn Thu 13-Apr-17 10:57:23

Wow, entitled much. You have a choice, pay for a non essential service or wait and see if the GP feels it warrants being done on the NHS.

Deux Thu 13-Apr-17 10:57:32

Well you have 2 choices don't you. Wait forGP call or pay at a pharmacy.

It's not difficult.

MargotLovedTom1 Thu 13-Apr-17 10:57:40

Ffs - there are people on waiting lists for operations which are hardly a luxury either but they'll be waiting a damn sight longer than a few days. Get a bit of perspective.

MrsHerculePoirot Thu 13-Apr-17 10:59:15

YABVU. Either pay or wait a week.

MargotLovedTom1 Thu 13-Apr-17 10:59:51

I was going off this madam - says £5 in Jan, normally £20? I was interested in getting one which is why I googled.

mudddypudddles Thu 13-Apr-17 10:59:56

Oh bloody hell sod off with all the high and mighty "pay for it yourself" replies.

She's asking for a simple check up, not plastic surgery.

The NHS is not crumbling because of BP and cholesterol tests.

It is a waste of time and effort booking a call with a GP when a nurse appointment could be arranged to just do it.

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