An increasing number of appointments are being wasted by patients returning to see the GP too soon after a hospital appointment or investigation. Whilst you may have seen the consultant dictate a letter to us whilst you were at the hospital, it has to be typed out, checked and sent to us.
Please do not waste appointments to see the GP to discuss hospital attendance or investigations before the thresholds which are published in our practice leaflet.
To remind you they are;
- For blood tests initiated at the surgery one week
- For simple x-rays such as chest two weeks
- For scans whether ultrasound, MRI or CT two weeks
- Letters from the hospital consultant three weeks
If a Consultant ordered a test please do not telephone the surgery to find out the result. We often cannot access the results if we did not order the tests and we waste too much time pursuing these matters. If the test shows up something abnormal there are well proven systems that let you know and let us know so please do not try and book the system by coming to the doctor to ask us to find out results of tests initiated by the hospital. We do not have the capacity and frequently cannot access the tests.
Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated and will release more appointments.