grow up and make a doctors appointment.
Updated: Feb 23
There is no bigger accomplishment than booking a doctor's appointment by yourself. The elusive task is deemed anxiety-inducing and complicated as we've grown accustomed to our parents phoning up for us. But this reliance can't last forever, and at some point, you're going to have to make one.
Luckily it's a simple process.
registering as a new patient.
If you have moved away from home then it makes sense to register with a surgery closer to you. To do this you will need to go into the surgery and ask for a registration form. Or, you can download the form here and hand it to reception.
You will most likely be asked for some form of identification like a driver's license or a passport, so make sure you have these with you when you go to the surgery to register.
booking an appointment (telephone).
For some, using the phone and talking to a stranger is a difficult task, but most of the time this is the easiest way to book an appointment. Your surgeries number can be found online or with any information they've given you. You will simply have to say that you would like to book an appointment. They will ask you what day and time, your name, and possibly a very brief description of the problem. They may also ask whether you would like to see a doctor or a nurse - both of which will be fully qualified and able to answer your questions.
booking an appointment (online).
The NHS app is available to download on the iOS App Store and allows you to book a GP appointment through the app. After registering on the app (you will be asked for your name, DOB and your NHS number - this can be found on any documentation you have received from a surgery or hospital. Alternatively you can ask your GP), you will be able to see all of your past and upcoming appointments as well as your previous medical history. The app also allows you to look up symptoms via an in-depth questionnaire.
Some surgeries have their own online appointment system so check with your surgery first.
Remember your health comes first so make sure you're registered with your local GP and don't be scared to book an appointment.
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