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Hi All

Sorry, rant coming as I'm absolutely fuming :angry:

I've just phoned my GP surgery and spoken to some snotty nosed receptionist who refused to print out my test results before 3pm. The reason I haven't got them? They gave my results to someone else with same surname and hers to me :eek: Before I got the chance to explain this she put the phone down!

Her attitude, I think is the final straw. I'm peeved because I don't want to go out in this heat, I want to go to sleep as I've got to travel to appointment tomorrow. Instead I'm going to have to go out to get blasted results :mad:

Any advice on finding a GP who actually knows anything about lupus and will be pro-active in treatment. I never get to see my designated GP as he never seems to be there, so am palmed off on another one who knows nothing about my medical history. Not ideal, especially when all they do is put me on more meds without understanding why the problems are occurring.

Also, if I change, presumably I'd need to inform all the specialists that I see too?

So anyone got any experience of changing GPs because they've been unhappy with service I'd be grateful.

Thanks
Precious
 

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Precious:

I am sorry you have to go through this! It's bad enough to have this disease without having to deal with the additional aggravation of nasty staff and over worked Doctors who don't understand the situation.

Do you have a FAX macine? Sometimes I find it easier to fax a request and get one faxed back from the Dr.

Is it possible, that before you switch, you try to find out if you can specifically schedule appointments with your GP? Sometime, you need to push and ask for a specific Dr when there is a group practice.

I don't know where you are, so I don't know how you go about changing GP's, however I have found that most are not disease specific and they rely on your specialist for medication recommendations and test requirements...I generally see my GP for day to day issues, or when the Rhumy is not available (as he can get in touch and get answers).

I hope someone comes along who can offer more information to assist.

Stay calm, best of luck...Stephanie
 

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I'm trying to change my GP too (also because the practice was full of useless morons). I don't know how to find one that knows about lupus - I'm just keeping my fingers crossed, and they can't be any worse than the last lot.

Annoyingly the practices near me only take on new patients during certain times (one will only take 10 people on a Monday, another it has to be the last week of the month). This makes timing it between my monthly hospital appointments pretty difficult, because it takes a couple of weeks to get on the system, and I need all of the new details to tell the hospital receptionist when I get there (if you go to the same hospital for all of your specialists, you should be able to do that - the receptionist will change it on the hospital computer system). It's been trickier than I'd imagined...

Good luck :hehe:
 

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Just a thought would the specialist be able to recommend a gp? Sometimes when they are local, they build up good working relationships with gps and he might know of a good one. Just an idea.

Hope your appt goes well tomorrow.

DEb
 
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