GP surgery change?

I have been with my current GP for about nineteen years and mostly they have been very good, the doctor that I always tried to see died recently and so I have been seeing whoever is available, although I don’t actually normally go to the GP surgery often.
A couple of years ago we moved out of the area but decided to stay registered at that doctors surgery because familiarity is always the preference, it does mean that when I need a repeat prescription we have to drive to pick it up but the pharmacy we use is about 100 meters from our home, so I am now thinking about registering with a local doctors surgery.

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I must confess that I have been thinking about doing it for about two years but I’m a tad worried, you hear about peoples bad experiences with their GP and it worries me.

How do I know if it’s a good GP practice and the word practice after GP always worries me before start.

So I’m going to spend the afternoon checking out local doctors, are they accessible? Does the surgery look nice? What services to they offer? Do they have a doc who knows about CRPS?

7 thoughts on “GP surgery change?”

  1. I have not moved areas but contemplating GP change because I can’t get an appointment with mine. Almost like I don’t warrant an urgent appointment no matter my symptoms. Can’t even see the same doctor twice which causes untold problems of do you waste appointment time explaining the ins and outs of my history so the newest symptom can be taken in context or do I gloss over and risk links not being made. Today hammered the final nail in the coffin of my GP surgery. Not impressed with them at all. Second complaint to the practice manager in a month. Time I found somewhere else I think.

  2. I get your concern… I’ve just changed my GP due to moving to a different area and had the same reservations as you. I’ve only seen the new one once and she seemed nice – will see more of what she’s like as time goes on although, like you, I don’t go to the GP often – it’s usually physio, alternative therapies or pain management I see – when I need something from the GP it’s usually just by phone and I order my repeat prescription online… Anyway, I think a fresh pair of eyes can be good for us…

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