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Changing Doctors

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:22 pm
by Cloudyrain
Hey ladies, hope you are all well!

I just wondered if anyone had ever had to change Doctors due to a move? I need to register with a new one, but don't really know how to choose as there are about 4 all within a mile of me.

I think I'm just worried as it's taken ages for me to be listened to by my Doctors and now I have finally got somewhere I don't want to leave! Also, they have already agreed to a fertility referral which I have put on hold for a while.

I know it might sound silly but can I talk to them to see if they have a GP who is a specialist as I have quite a lot going on on top of the pcos (endometriosis, nasty cervical cells, fertility, fibromyalgia, hereditary bowel cancer). That definitely sounds silly, but it just took such a fight to get the endo and pcos acknowledged (15 years) I can't face another fight!x

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:37 pm
by Kasha
Hi hun
Go to the NHS choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx and do a search of the surgeries nearby. I dont think they have details of any specialities but they do have contact details, and I'm sure if you contacted the surgery and spoke to the practice manager then they might be able to help you out.
Good luck

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:16 pm
by melodyjane
Hi

I move house in a couple of weeks and I've spent a couple of days researching the doctors in the area. I'm moving more central Bristol and there seems to be quite a few doctors in the area so I've looked at each one closely to see what the offer, one of the closest surgeries to me has a fertility clinic so I guess I'm going to go for that one as they should at least have one GP that knows something about PCOS!

So that's my advice, look at each one and see if they have anything relevant to you, even if it has a diabetes clinic, the GP will have an idea of PCOS as a lot of us are insulin resistant.

The surgery I'm registered with now is useless, my GP has no idea what he is doing so I can not wait to move somewhere else.

I'm actually hoping they do all the tests again!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:24 pm
by Cloudyrain
Thanks for the link Kasha! Had a look and typically only one of the Drs in my area has any information about what the GPs specialise in!

That's a good idea Melody - I didn't think about the relevance of clinics the surgery runs!

Thanks ladies - I think I will do a bit of ringing round and see if they do any special clinics or if the receptionists can give me any hints!x

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:00 pm
by melodyjane
Good luck x

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:07 pm
by seastargirl
The NHS choices website mentioned above is great and I really would suggest ringing up and speaking to some of the receptionists and see how helpful they are. Having moved a number of times I've found that the helpfulness of the receptionist tends to indicate the general attitude of the whole surgery.

The ones at my last couple of practices have been amazing and so helpful when in such a difficult and sensitive job, but I've had some previous bad experiences with receptionists which can be quite upsetting when you're poorly or upset.