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To go to a and e because I can't get an appointment with GP?

183 replies

Mamadoll · 18/12/2019 08:59

I have been trying to get an appointment for almost 2 weeks now and I'm at the end of my tether with my symptoms. I was treated for helicobacter (stomach bacteria) a few weeks ago and within a week of stopping treatment my symptoms have come back with a vengeance. It's making my life a misery; I struggle to eat much and can't sleep properly for the constant pain in my stomach/ chest.

I really hate wasting people's time but am I supposed to just put up with this until after new year?

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Selfsettling3 · 18/12/2019 09:00

Try ringing 111. I suspect with pain in your chest they will get you seen some where.

NoMorePoliticsPlease · 18/12/2019 09:00

difficult, but this is not an accident or an emergency

Dixiechickonhols · 18/12/2019 09:01

Don’t you have a walk in Centre or minor injuries unit.

Draculahhh · 18/12/2019 09:01

It isnt an accident or emergency.

strawberrieshortcake · 18/12/2019 09:03

No call 111 or go to the nearest walk in centre it is not an accident to emergency

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OverthinkingThis · 18/12/2019 09:04

Ring 111. If they try to suggest GP, explain that your surgery won't see you and ask what you are supposed to do instead.

puds11 · 18/12/2019 09:04

Walk in centre not a and e

IhateBoswell · 18/12/2019 09:04

Ring 111. I did when I was ill and they told me to ring an ambulance (I refused to and made my own way to A&E, it was pneumonia). They assess your symptoms and decide which course of action you should take.

BlackeyedSusan · 18/12/2019 09:04

Ring 111. They may send you there.

Mumof1andacat · 18/12/2019 09:05

As others have said call 111 and explain the situation with regards to the gp appointment

SteelRiver · 18/12/2019 09:06

It would be totally inappropriate to go to A&E. People doing this are part of the problem our emergency departments are having. If you dont have a walk in centre near you, you should call 111 and be guided by them.

TheLittleBrownFox · 18/12/2019 09:07

What is your GP surgery saying to you when your all for an appointment and tell them you need it today? Ae they not triageing you?

SheSnapsThenSheFarts · 18/12/2019 09:07

When I called 111 for my mum they put me through to an out of hours living GP who did a house visit (was on a Sunday). Didn't even know that service existed before but maybe that's an option? (Was in Wales though)

Freshnewus · 18/12/2019 09:08

How frustrating for you.
However a and e isn't the right place for you. It isn't an accident or an emergency, so they won't be able to give you the treatment you need. It also costs a lot of money for every a and e admission. You would likely be waiting hours too as you would be low priority.

Phone 111 or could you consider phoning a private GP service?

Cremebrule · 18/12/2019 09:09

The waiting time at my local a&e is over 6 hours at the moment. Something has clearly gone a bit wrong at a system level but if you don’t need to be there, you really shouldn’t at the moment. Your gp should be seeing you.

Booberella9 · 18/12/2019 09:09

YANBU my GP have a phone message saying "emergencies only" Hmm wonder what they think A and E is for then..

But yes ring 111 they will be able to book you in to somewhere even if it's the minor injuries unit or similar.

Tombliwho · 18/12/2019 09:11

Not really appropriate to go to A&E for this as it is neither.
I would phone 111

TheFairyCaravan · 18/12/2019 09:11

YABU. It's not an accident or an emergency. Ring 111 or call your GP back and ask for a more urgent appointment. Tell them it won't wait until the New Year.

DS2 did a night shift in A&E last night. When he left this morning the department was full and there were enough ambulances waiting outside to refill it again.

TheBrockmans · 18/12/2019 09:12

Can you ask for a phone appointment or repeat prescription?

WishICouldThinkOfAGoodName · 18/12/2019 09:12

Does your gp surgery offer on the day ‘emergency’ appointments? Most do and nowadays they don’t advertise the fact. Ask for one and don’t take no for an answer from the receptionist. Or as PPs said drop in centre/111

AppleKatie · 18/12/2019 09:15

When you phoned your GP and spoke to a receptionist and explained your symptoms and said you need to be seen today what did they say?

This is a GP ‘emergency’ not an A&E ‘emergency’. Same word two meanings.

pinkdelight · 18/12/2019 09:17

Just to throw in there - I also had treatment for that bacteria and the pain continued and turns out, after much GP faffing and misdiagnosis, that it was actually gallstones, which were only diagnosed by more switched on a&e staff. It wasn't that I hadn't had the bacteria but that wasn't the cause of the pain as it transpires. So whether you go to a&e or not, if the symptoms add up, worth pushing for a scan.

MissingMySleep · 18/12/2019 09:19

111 might be able to arrange a gp appt at a walking/backup - if we cant get into the surgery here you are sometimes offered appts about 5 miles away

LissJas · 18/12/2019 09:19

If your surgery refuses to see you then say that you're going to A&E. surgeries get fined if you end up going to A&E when they've had a chance to treat you.

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