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How can I NOT change Drs?

(10 Posts)
Mirandasbestmate Tue 01-Apr-14 13:11:54

Have just moved a mile up the road & know that I'm now out of catchment area. Have an appt for a smear test so I have to tell them my new address for the results letter but I want to stay with the same Dr as she is fantastic. Other than lie through my teeth, do I have any options?
Thank you!

maiacam Tue 01-Apr-14 13:31:20

Speak to the doctor direct or pay for private consultations x

trinity0097 Tue 01-Apr-14 17:00:00

Didn't thin they have catchment areas any more? I moved and am now firmly closer to another surgery, as in in the same village. Hubby and I still registered with doctors 2 villages away (right by my work)

tallulah Tue 01-Apr-14 18:16:55

Depends on your doctor. Ours has a very strict catchment area, and my DS who now has his own place has to use our address to be able to stay with our practice.

fairbalance Tue 01-Apr-14 19:18:44

Keep quite until Oct the government should then be removing GP boundaries. Its part of this years GP Contract deal. Do you have a friends/relative address you can use until then?

ajandjjmum Tue 01-Apr-14 19:20:23

My GP allowed us to stay with them although we moved 3-4 miles away. I think it's at their discretion. Why not speak to your GP directly rather than a receptionist?

fairbalance Tue 01-Apr-14 19:23:42

Be careful speaking to your GP if she is Salaried GP and not a Partner she will not have the authority to keep you on. If its a large GP Partnership keeping you will almost certainly be discussed at a Practice Meeting and the GP who wants to keep you on may be overruled.

mercibucket Tue 01-Apr-14 19:39:16

get post redirected?
phone for results?

fairbalance Tue 01-Apr-14 19:42:56

Yes post redirected and set up a VOIP phone number you can do if it for free at It will take voicemails for free and email you. YOu need the basic/residential package. It offers all STD codes or just give the Surgery your mobile number. Loads of patients just us mobile numbers now.

GirlsonFilm Tue 01-Apr-14 19:52:06

Yes from October you can live anywhere. keep quiet til then. Do get your post redirected as the surgery should investigate returned post.

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