Coronavirus Thread (Off Topic, Politics)

Sky_Blue_Dreamer

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Well I like telephone consultations. Got a call back at work, took ten minutes out of my day instead of having to book half a day of leave to sit in a room full of diseased people.
I agree. There's things that beforehand I'd have had to book an appointment for and take time out whereas now those things can be covered in a quick ten minute phone call.

I think the point is that it appears some GP's are having these conversations and then rather than getting them to go to the surgery for a proper appointment if they think it needs further investigation they seem to be telling them to go to the hospital. If the person can wait for a telephone appointment chances are it's not urgent enough for hospitals and the symptoms can be checked in person by the doctor first to see how severe it is and then referred if necessary. Sometimes there may not be appointments available in the next few days and I can't speak for every practice but in my local surgery there are far fewer people in the waiting room than before because of telephone appointments.

I had an infected insect bite that I talked about on the phone and got some antibiotics. It spread and the doctor then had me in for a face to face appointment to have a look at it before deciding that I needed IV antibiotics and sending me to the hospital.
 

Sky_Blue_Dreamer

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Booking is gash. Why I can’t just book it online instead of talking to an arsey receptionist I don’t know.
I used to be able to book online and then last year the option disappeared. Dunno if they were having problems with it or it was being misused but I found it worked brilliantly and I'm gutted the option is gone.
 

shmmeee

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I used to be able to book online and then last year the option disappeared. Dunno if they were having problems with it or it was being misused but I found it worked brilliantly and I'm gutted the option is gone.
They’re techno dunces at my GP, they got one of those touchscreen check in things but every time I use it it tells me it can’t find me and to check in at the desk 🤦‍♂️
 

chiefdave

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I used to be able to book online and then last year the option disappeared. Dunno if they were having problems with it or it was being misused but I found it worked brilliantly and I'm gutted the option is gone.
Same at mine, they removed it as they said it couldn't be used for booking phone appointments but surely its not a huge development job to sort that out given its a nationwide system.

My surgery is pretty good at letting patients know what was going on and they admitted they had huge problems moving to phone only as the phone system couldn't cope with the number of calls and couldn't queue people. It took months to get a new system put in and they have said they got no funding for the changes required when the covid restrictions came in.
 
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Skybluefaz

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All these so called men using doctors... Pfft. You're supposed to man up, ignore it, then if you die, you die.


*Well done for not being like that
 
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Hertsccfc

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GPs are a waste of space. Absolutely no interest.

It's no wonder people go straight to A and E and take up their time in there.

The whole "can't see people" is bollocks as well. It's much easier for them to give you a 2 minute phone call and tell you to go and get tested for COVID. (After you have spent 40 minutes on hold to make the appointment that morning because you can't pre book, you have to ring up at 8AM with everybody).
For most things a phone call is fine. Quicker and more convenient. Can't understand the Government's obsession about face to face GP appointments
 
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Evo1883

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Not going to comment on GPs too much , my issue is more with the reception staff who I firmly believe think they are hippocrates ...

Don't mind a telephone appointment although I reckon that many illnesses have become more serious /possibly deadly due to these over the last 18 months .
 
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fernandopartridge

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Whatever next?
GPs to be given cash (bribes) to see more patients face to face (just like they used to!)
The hospital where my wife works yesterday had a queue of 98 people in A&E, the vast majority referred by their GP after a telephone "consultation".
After a quick check and either a prescription or re-assurance thet were sent off on their way.
This should be the job of the GP not clogging up Accident and Emergency units - the clue to their main purpose is in their title!
I've no doubt those same GPs are happy to socialise face to face in bars and restaurants with friends and colleagues but are reluctant to carry out their paid professions.
Makes my piss boil (maybe I should see a GP).
TBF to GPs they were told to stop allowing walk in appointments by NHS England back in March 2020, and that instruction has not changed as far as I'm aware.

GPs are still seeing people face to face who need to be seen. They use telephone and video appointments. If the problem was so unserious that the person assumed in the first place a GP could treat it, they shouldn't present at A&E really.
 

Evo1883

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43000 possible incorrect PCR results given .

Mostly down south and Wales.

Hell of a thing to get wrong
 

chiefdave

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The usual high quality journalism from the CT. An article headlined 'GP on how to tell the difference between the 'worst lurgy ever' and Covid' contains this stunning advise.
Getting a Covid test is key to distinguishing between the cold and coronavirus according to Dr Wall, who said: "It's a really difficult one because you can’t tell the difference. That’s the problem.
 

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wingy

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I used to be able to book online and then last year the option disappeared. Dunno if they were having problems with it or it was being misused but I found it worked brilliantly and I'm gutted the option is gone.
Not user friendly for the elderly I'd think.
Probably their main customers?
 

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What's worrying? The data or the Scottish nationalist attitudes towards the data in the comments ? They sound like tories down here
The parts about efficacy. Explains why Israel saw that rise in hospitalisations earlier in the year.
To compound it there was areport on the radio this morning saying the booster program isn't going too well.
 

Evo1883

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The parts about efficacy. Explains why Israel saw that rise in hospitalisations earlier in the year.
To compound it there was areport on the radio this morning saying the booster program isn't going too well.
As in not a large uptake
 

wingy

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The parts about efficacy. Explains why Israel saw that rise in hospitalisations earlier in the year.
To compound it there was areport on the radio this morning saying the booster program isn't going too well.
Yes there was also a concern that Isreal went too early with their booster programme.
While at home I find the opinion of the Oxford professor who developed it,along with the boss of AZ slightly at odds to Govt policy.