Patience is a virtue.

Started by: Billinge Biker (1407) 

Another tale of woe... I recently had my MOT with the practice nurse... All oki koki.... Gave me a form to arrange a blood test... Six times I rang the number to obtain a time/place for the test... Mon.. You are in position 56.
Tues position 75 to number 7 after hanging on for 40 minutes then cut off!
Thurs 8am as soon as lines open.... No 36...waited 20 mins... Got to no. 27 then cut off... Give up for the week... Today 7.55am (lines open 8am) in the no. 7......35mins later my call was eventually answered and first available slot taken... FRIDAY 22ND APRIL... has anybody suffered similar. ?

Started: 4th Apr 2022 at 13:32

Posted by: broady (18181) 

We book ours online. I made an appointments weeks ago to go next Tuesday when I get home. We used to do walk ins prior to Covid.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 13:35

Posted by: basil brush (18274)

did they not give you a bag of documents and send you to the Linacre centre?

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 13:36

Posted by: AngelWood (759)

Blood tests at the Linacre are by appointment only and have been for the last 2 years.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 13:50

Posted by: basil brush (18274)

I went there a few weeks ago from the doctors, took a number out of the machine, then went in gave them a bag from the doctors and had the blood test done within 10 mins of walking in.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 14:00

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1407) 

You must have slipped through the net Basil.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 14:15

Posted by: PeterP (9377)

Billinge Biker dependent on the blood sample required by the doctor you either went into the room on the right or were sent down the corridor to the end and have them done down there

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 14:28

Posted by: basil brush (18274)

well, they said to come back next week so I said can I not get it done today, they said the only way was to go to the Linacre centre.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 14:30

Posted by: momac (12007) 

BB..I rang them Wednesday the queue no.60..I put phone down,tried again Thursday in the queue..
no 72..I put phone down..waited until Saturday,rand and got through straight away..going for test tomorrow.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 15:15

Posted by: sonlyme (3158)

I went to see the practice nurse a few weeks ago.She said "do you drink"
i said " i'll have a can if you have one in the drawer,She just laughed.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 15:32

Posted by: riocaroni (317)

If you can get a form from your doc referring you to suite one at the linacre you are usually in and out in 15 mins.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 16:01

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1407) 

Momac I am sure automated service said Monday - Friday ... I've been jipped

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 19:14

Posted by: AngelWood (759)

That Brush is a right little rule breaker, I expect he was always in detention at school.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 19:26

Posted by: basil brush (18274)

ask nana

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 19:42

Posted by: momac (12007) 

B.B. All I can tell you is that I had to miss my blood test in 20-20 as I was looking after my hubby who was very GP. rang last week and said to go to Boston House to pick up a blood testing form,I rang the number on the form and the rest is history..I don't recall it saying anywhere that there's no Saturday visits.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 20:07

Posted by: broady (18181) 

I expect he never went to school.

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 20:55

Posted by: tomplum (9129) 

He was a hanger honour, If the two Ronnies were alive today they would make a 15 minute sketch about that,,

Replied: 4th Apr 2022 at 21:20
Last edited by tomplum: 4th Apr 2022 at 21:21:51

Posted by: broady (18181) 

I expect he never went to school.

Replied: 5th Apr 2022 at 14:42

Posted by: mollie m (6463) 

I've got into the habit of emailing askmygp, and I get a reply pretty quickly (within the hour) but, if I need to phone, I make a point of leaving it as late in the day as I can, usually 10/15 minutes before they close as it's less busy then, and I'm usually second in the queue.

Replied: 6th Apr 2022 at 03:38

Posted by: Owd Codger (765)

You can no longer get an appointment like it used to be because of the increased number of people now registered with surgeries as a result of the ever increasing number of people being allowed into the country.

Do the politicians never think that immigrants, economic migrants, refugees or whatever you want to call them, will need medical and dental treatment, operations etc provided by the HNS.

All adding to the burden of taxation and NI contributions for those who work for a living to pay for those who do not!

And a situation now heading for a system like in the USA with free treatment provided to a basic level for those on Social Security and private medical schemes like BUPA etc for those in employment.


Replied: 6th Apr 2022 at 09:05

Posted by: cheshirecat (289) 

I rang today for a blood test and I was number 93 in the queue. But they do give you an option of a call back which I accepted rather than wait in the queue.
True to form they rang me back and booked me in at a day and time of my own choice. They even asked me where I wanted to have the appointment
No problems whatsoever?

Replied: 11th Apr 2022 at 17:54

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9655)

93 in the queue, and there were no problems, yoo are easily pleased

Replied: 11th Apr 2022 at 18:49

Posted by: cheshirecat (289) 

It wasn't a problem, Tommy.
I spent about a minute on the phone and left a message when prompted. And a nice chap rang me up and he said where do you want to have your test and what time is best for you and I'll see if I can fit you in, and he did
I rang the right number this time

Replied: 11th Apr 2022 at 19:38
Last edited by cheshirecat: 11th Apr 2022 at 19:40:17

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1407) 

I tried that 3 times ches... Failed miserably... No call back.

Replied: 11th Apr 2022 at 19:50

Posted by: cheshirecat (289) 

What number did you ring, BB?

Replied: 11th Apr 2022 at 20:14

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1407) 

Followed the instructions from the phone etc... Press 5 and we will call you back... Didn't happen...

Replied: 12th Apr 2022 at 20:00

Posted by: Platty (1341)

Certain it didn't say "high five" and we'll call you back... You put the phone down and it carried on "when we want to"?

Replied: 12th Apr 2022 at 20:27

Posted by: frecky (417)

I have an M.O.T. evert 6 months....I have to take a sample of urine and the nurse takes my blood in the surgery. I then make an appointment to go back in about 2 weeks to see the results......A good system that's been in operation for years.

Replied: 13th Apr 2022 at 13:53

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9655)

Cheshire Puss

About six years ago I agreed to a call back, when I rang up about me Council Tax, and I am still waiting for that call

Replied: 13th Apr 2022 at 14:14

Posted by: cheshirecat (289) 

You shouldn't have rung an NHS healthline for a query about your Council tax? Try ringing the local Metro
No wonder your'e still waiting for a callback

Replied: 13th Apr 2022 at 14:27
Last edited by cheshirecat: 13th Apr 2022 at 14:28:49

Posted by: jo anne (34125) 

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Replied: 16th May 2022 at 14:11


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