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Am i being unreasonable...or not?

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welliwasntexpectingthat Sun 24-Mar-19 18:32:05

I have a low-level condition which means i need blood tests every couple of months. My GP surgery (which is over the rd) says i now need to go to the local hospital to have these done. So 15 min drive (awkward park!), pay parking, walk through a hospital and take a ticket. Each time this 30sec test has taken at least an hour. The last 2 times it has been an hr wait alone. I have 3 children under 8. Today i got there but the queue so long i had to go away as it wouldn't work with the baby's feed. Is this standard practice? Can i insist i have them done at GP? (They said only in special circs). I'm now late having them done as I can't get there and wait.

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HundredMilesAnHour Sun 24-Mar-19 19:10:03

My GP's surgery don't do blood tests at all and everyone is sent to the local hospital. There are no appts of course so it can take ages if you go at a busy time so same as you.

I asked the staff and they told me when it's usually quiet (Fri afternoon - definitely never Mon!) so I go then and I'm usually in and out in less than 5 mins max. Try asking when their quieter times are so you can at least avoid a 2 hour wait in future.

Arowana Sun 24-Mar-19 19:11:52

My GP would send me to the hospital too, sorry OP.

wigglypiggly Sun 24-Mar-19 19:16:51

we have to go to our local hospital for blood tests

iklboo Sun 24-Mar-19 19:18:00

Unfortunately you can't insist it's done at your GP surgery if they no longer offer the service - which may have been directed by the local CCG / Health Board

welliwasntexpectingthat Sun 24-Mar-19 19:28:41

Ok fair enough. Just such a trek....

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AuntieCJ Sun 24-Mar-19 19:34:36

In our area there are a couple of mobile phlebotomists who will come to your house. You have to pay, of course, but maybe it's worth it?

anniehm Sun 24-Mar-19 19:56:44

Ask if there's any small district hospitals you could go to instead, even if further they may be quieter and have free parking, we also have a walk in centre that offers this service 8am-8pm here

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