There’s nothing worse than waking up with symptoms such as a sore throat or a rash. If you also feel sick and nauseous, you’ll probably end up taking the day off work. At least visiting your family doctor will be the first step on the road to recovery, right? Well, that might not be the case…
These days, the waiting lists for consultations with a GP are continually rising. There are even some doctor’s practices that have a two-week waiting list for patients! What happens if you can’t wait that long to see your GP? First things first – don’t panic! Here are some steps you need to take.
Relay How Urgent The Matter Is On The Phone
When you do ring up to make an appointment, you need to be very clear how urgent your situation is. If it is an emergency, the doctor might be able to squeeze you in, or you might be able to take an appointment slot that someone else has cancelled at the last minute. To make sure that you correctly convey just how urgent it is, you should be thorough in describing all of your symptoms.
Ask To See A Different Doctor
If there is a really long wait to see your usual doctor, you should ask to see if there is another one available. Different doctors will be busy at different times so you might find that you don’t wait quite as long to see an alternative doctor. Even if all the doctors at your regular GP practice are fully booked for a couple of weeks, you can ask to be referred to a different surgery. However, be aware that often this is only an option if you are showing quite serious symptoms.
Take A Home Test
Did you know that there are now various different medical tests you can carry out yourself at home? It’s true! There are now some companies that manufacture various tests, from a thyroid test to blood test that you can do in the comfort of your own home. These come in very useful if you can’t see a doctor for a while! These testing kits will flag up if there is anything to worry about so you then know you should go to your nearest hospital’s emergency room!
Consult A Telehealth Professional
If your home test shows nothing but you still have a few symptoms that you are worried about, you should call a telehealth professional. The NHS’s telehealth service is available to everyone – all you need to do is call 111 and answer a few questions about your condition. The operator will then advise you on your next steps. You might be told to go to the hospital straight away, or they might organise a consultant to call you back to get more information.
If you can’t get an appointment to see your doctor soon, it isn’t the end of the world. As you can see, you just need to follow all of the steps above. Hopefully, they can help you feel a lot better in no time at all!
*This is a collaboration post