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Visit to the Doctor

My daughter made an appointment for me at a local GP this lunchtime which I attended.
The young doctor called me in and I sat by his desk.
He started asking me questions and typing on the keyboard.
I quickly sussed he was following an on-screen questionnaire.
I remember a time when a GP examined you and asked questions from memory put there by years of training and experience.
I didn't really need to go out, I could have done it all online.....he did measure my blood/oxygen level which I could have done at home (I have one of those devices).

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None of my doctors do this. Maybe it is the new wave of doctors, tied to their computers?
I have had one have to look up symptoms in a book, but to be fair it was Legionaries disease he was looking up. (and no I don't have it, just year round "hay fever")
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must ask my doctor about that when I am fit enough to see her
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I didn't see my GP where I'm registered.....nothing available until the middle of February.
It was another GP in a health centre I've never seen before but is part of the same area group as my health centre Undecided
Not sure how it works or or how my daughter fixed the appointment (she's not very good at taking no for an answer) but I'm not complaining.

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@strat,
You have something at home that measures your blood/oxygen level ?
Can you give us more details please (of the something) not your blood/oxygen level ?
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+1 of what glen said.
It would be useful to find something that can monitor this at night and set off an alarm if the oxygen drops - useful for little baby who likes rolling over in the night.
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My GP never does this - he has my records up on screen when I go in - he lets me see it. Then he talks to me and only when he needs to write notes or update repeat prescription does he work on PC.
Specialists at hospital do the same - or hand write notes for updating computer later.
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I have an excellent GP who I have known for many years. My records are on his screen in front of us and he updates them after each visit. The records go back many years so he can always see if I've had a problem in the past as I sometimes forget.
Part of my records are available on line so if I see a GP in another part of the country or if I see a consultant at the hospital they can access my details to assist them in their diagnosis. Works well.
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@strat,
You have something at home that measures your blood/oxygen level ?

I have this one

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how does it work - i.e. does it test the blood directly via a pin prick
edit - this explains http://www.howequipmentworks.com/pulse_oximeter/
and I will get one as it may help in self diagnosis when getting breathless when out walking up a hill
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@strat,
Thanks for the link, a very useful device for those who need to know this information.
I note from the feed back on amazon some medical staff have purchased this item and seem happy to use it.
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Looks handy but not so useful in my case...
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The best things about the NHS are the mass market things, in my case monitoring my diabetes, my Hip replacement and flu jab. With a big GP practice a good database is essential for these. Ours seems good most of the time but some users seem terrorised by it and can't even look up while they are dealing with you.
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Well, I've worked out how to get to see my GP earlier than the available appointments:
Take the first appointment with any in the practise... make it clear at that appointment that it's really only my GP who has the relevant history/knowledge to treat me and a call is put through to the receptionist to squeeze me in ASAP.

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