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    Mme VK needed a repeat prescription for Levothyrox, so she phoned up Tuesday to book an appointment and got one for today, Thursday, at 11 am. She has to go to Huelgoat, 20 minutes away, because her médecin traitant has moved from Carhaix.

    When she arrived, the waiting room was full and she heard that he’d been late in starting. She phoned me on my lunch break at 12.15 pm to say that the person with the 9.30 am appointment had only just gone in to see the doctor!

    Mme VK finally left the surgery at 2.40 pm, after her appointment, and the waiting room was still full. She even heard that sometimes the doctor doesn’t finish until after midnight.

    I know in these times of the désert médicale we should be grateful to have a doctor reasonably close, but it’s frustrating to have to take a whole day off just to go to see him.

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    To answer the question-‘No’.

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    Actually you probably would not get an appointment for weeks in the NHS

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    We must be very lucky, two small communes within a few km’s and we have enough doctors and never have to wait longer than next day (often same day) and due to booking times, barely anyone else waiting within your 15 minute time slot. I guess  like the UK, it’s down to the post code lottery.

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    We don’t have a problem where we live in the UK with getting an appointment within the same week, but I know elsewhere in the UK it can be. We had a doctor in France, he was very good, but my god you had a long wait once in the surgery before being called in, so much so that we changed our doctor and surgery.

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    Same day appointment-no problem; depends where you live.

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    Moi, are you referring to France or the UK?

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    Actually you probably would not get an appointment for weeks in the NHS

    You base this statement on what facts?

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    Visiting sister from Hereford  can wait three weeks for non urgent appointment.

    three days for a phone consultation.

    as for here …our gp will write a new prescription without seeing you..existing treatment…our local chemist always gives you the medicine if the prescription is out of date…visit gp ASAP for new one.

    waiting for all that time is bad such a frustration.

    here appointment system works well..seeing own gp can mean a wait…urgent visit always same day with another doctor.

    saturday is bad…no appointment..just waiting…so don’t be ill Saturday!

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    Tuesday night, midnight, a phone call from my dad next door, my mum is bleeding a lot from her nose (when I say a lot, I mean a lot). One o’clock after the emergency came and try their best to stop her bleeding, we are in the emergency in Redon. After 3 hours and a half, they managed to calm down the bleeding, helped by a specialist ORL on the phone in Rennes. She then left by ambulance to Rennes, in CHU Pontchaillou. She’s recovering slowly, with two balloon keeping pressure in her nose. I’m in total trust with them, they do what is possible.

    She did the same a month and a half ago, in Paris suburb. She only spent few hours in the emergency and been sent home at 7 am.

    I’m starting to have severe doubt about the aspirin she has to take on a daily basis, she’s 82.

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    Sorry Babeth…they will look at her medicines in hospital…they stopped my aspirin. …..I had taken for 15 years.

    keep fingers crossed all improves…

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    Babeth, is the Aspirin prescribed by her GP?

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    Yes, it is Tigre.

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    Maybe her GP can review this medication, it depends how beneficial it is for a medical problem she may have, is it just a low dose she takes? Hope it gets sorted, not a pleasant experience for her.

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    Recent medical trials have indicated that low-dose aspirin therapy carries a higher risk of internal bleeding for elderly people.

    https://www.nhs.uk/news/medication/aspirin-bleeding-risk-balances-out-lower-heart-attack-risk-worried-well/

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    Moi, are you referring to France or the UK?

    UK. And have found same day appointments in France by using internet.

    https://www.doctolib.fr

     

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    I always remember my UK GP having a bit of a go at me quite a few years ago when he found out I was taking a 75mg Aspirin daily ( low dose), without it being prescribed, back then there was a lot of pro’s being banded about regarding the health benefits to do so, for example it helped prevent bowel cancer and thrombosis but, it’s obviously not good for everyone.

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    Been a big thing recently in the press about health professional shortage’s, GP recruitment being part of the problem. Its problematic throughout western Europe and most of the world in fact, its certainly not a French thing.

    The population is growing and ageing and less and less people every year choose to train as medical professionals. But then, if you think France is bad, read up on Romania, a country where they have lost thousands and thousands of medical professionals.

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    We came home to the UK on Monday, wife needed to see the GP so rang at 8 Tuesday morning. Saw the doc at 9.30 that day. He suggested seeing physio, seen by them 8.45 Wednesday.

    I know some areas in the UK are badly served, but here in Devon it is an excellent service.

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    The name “Devon” may tell you the reason perhaps. Here in France I have no doubt that certain areas, like coastal for example, will often mean an advantage for patients wanting a GP without too many hassles, as many Doctors would prefer to live in a nice area, not always true of course but the Doctors we have spoken to here love living in the area, as I expect many are in their own practices.

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    Mr BV was taking aspirin for years  as prescribed by his doctor, when we came back  to UK, he was taken off them , and yes he did get  ulcers, plus bleeds ,  so as with so many things, take a tablet for this or that, then you have to taken another to out weigh the side effects!

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    I had a chat with my doc a while ago about the problem of recruiting new medecins here in Brittany. He’s waiting to retire and the commune has been trying to get a replacement and a second med for some years now. Coastal areas are no different he says and indeed there are recruitment signs in most towns here on the north coast. He says it’s a ‘disaster’.

    There is a real shortage of meds and they want to work in centres rather than lone rural surgeries. Also they don’t want to do the long hours he does, he does the hours of one and a half meds.

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    Our doctor retired last year , I have had her as doctor since I moved to France 29 years ago, she gave one month notice . We think that it was because she didn’t want to move into the medical centre that has just been built in the Commune  . There is now just one doctor in our Commune, they have tried to find a replacement but have not succeeded yet. It seems that the problem is the same everywhere .

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    Newly qualified doctors prefer to work in a cabinet where there are others to bounce ideas off, it would be a brave soul who decided to start his or her career as a lone doctor in a rural area.

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    There is a real shortage, not sure it’s believed by all though. Our village MT eventually retired after hanging on to get a replacement and it was a Romanian that stepped into his shoes. It was incredible, obviously an epidemic hit, I would say it was sticky beak syndrome, as there were cars everywhere as villagers filled the surgery, all wanting to see if he had three heads. It was always walk in and appointments, then, forget it, appt only, unless you had hours to spare. Then the surgery went quiet, you could turn up whenever. Thankfully, he had patience and stuck it out, as the centime finally dropped and they realised, we are very lucky to still have the convenience of a village MT.

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    We are so lucky with our commune health centre, 4 doctors, 2 dentists, x ray , nurses, a physio, and a chiropodist .

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    We are so lucky with our commune health centre, 4 doctors, 2 dentists, x ray , nurses, a physio, and a chiropodist .

    They are in the process of extending the cab med where my doctor to bring together all the medical facilities in the commune to make a center like this in the hope of attracting  some new doctors.

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    I like the ” sticky beak” comment, Tournesol, a favourite saying with the Aussies.

    Our surgery has a triage nurse, may be that helps in the fact it’s not always necessary to take up an appointment with the GP. :unsure:

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    I’m not an Aussie, Tigre, but always used it. Fitting here, as have always found the Bretons very nosey, amusingly so.

    Our Dr is on his own, no real bells and whistles at the surgery, but like his predecessor, on the ball if you need further investigation.

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    Roumania has been mentioned in this thread.  Our daughter-in-law is Roumanian and she and our son have a sum of money set aside for her family’s treatment in Bucharest.  Last Christmas both her mother and sister were in hospital and I know that the ‘pot’ subsidised their stay.  I think we must be grateful to the Roumanian doctors who comes to work in France otherwise there would be even more problem supporting our communities.

     

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