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Seems to be a really odd way of ‘levelling up’. Those GP surgeries who already have the personnel to meet arbitrary targets share in the extra funding reward. Those, probably in more deprived areas, who do not have the resources to meet their target miss out on much needed funding which would help them to improve. Those with less need to improve get the funding to increase the gap between them and those who need it.

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5 minutes ago, Beckett said:

So sorry to hear of your experiences Waju. Maybe your surgery will benefit from the alleged new plans the government is set to introduce.

 

There is absolutely no excuse for any surgery not answering their phones and it upsets me to hear that.

 

At my practice, we have seen patients face to face throughout the pandemic but in the early days only after telephone triage for obvious reasons. Now, we are averaging a 70/30 face to face versus telephone consultation. We are working 11 hours per day, every day, but the truth of the matter is that we just don't have enough doctors. We have, and continue, to advertise, but so far there has been no response from anyone who is willing to commit.

 

I fear we will never get back to the way we used to work and after 34 years in the NHS I for one mourn "the old days". I do hope things improve for you.

 

Best wishes. Jane.x 

Thank you Jane for your response.  I really do salute the NHS, we are lucky to have this free service and I appreciate it.  Is the shortage of doctors since the outbreak of covid or has it been coming for a while?

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28 minutes ago, Beckett said:

Well I'd love to know where this cache of locums is hiding! The truth is they don't exist. I'll try and catch the Javid interview but without any expectation of the truth.

 

Glad to hear you're having both jabs next week. That was another fiasco - we were told there had to be at least a 7 day gap between the two and booked patients accordingly. Then that was reversed overnight without warning. Good idea to have the spike antibody test afterwards and fingers crossed for a better outcome this time.

 

No more 'newspapers'for me - they make my heart rate rise!

 

Best wishes. Jane.x 

Jane, a friend of ours only yesterday told us of a report that after some serious health issues double jabbing was no longer being recommended. Have you seen anything about this, as our GP surgery had told us that we would receive the covid booster and flu jab together.

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Good morning I hope everyone is ok today :classic_smile: @ccpm I guess your feeling it with

the loss of your faithful friend, the house will feel a little empty but remember all the

happier times the dog gave you ,they stay in your heart forever :classic_love:

Sorry to read about Deligirl & Avrils family with the covid .I agree with Avril this thing 

aint done with us yet and vaccinated or not it should never be taken for granted .

Only last night one of the daughters rang up and told us she is still waiting their second

jab and that our 11 year old has now succumb too and tested positive . They are isolating

because of it but the Grandson heading on for 15 year old does not have to based just on 

his age ,which I find weird :classic_unsure: We had a chat with the Granddaughter and she was in high

spirits and said " Nanan & Granddad  not to worry as she feels ok " Lets hope it stays that way.

So under orders from her ,worry we wont ! Not even about what#s in a newspaper .

I once asked my Granddaughter had they got a newspaper I could borrow. She said that "newspapers are so out of date", and that people now use tablets, so she handed me her

iPad. That Fly didn't stand a chance.:classic_ohmy: I like to glance through the paper headlines and 

2 days ago a paper put "Christmas is doomed as containers are stuck in the port " and 

the very same paper the next day read " Christmas will be ok dont panic it's not as bad today ":classic_wacko: the paper is not bothered as long as the paper sells ! My Granddad had the right idea by cutting it into small squares and putting it to good use on the toilet ! That wasn't a good experience either :classic_unsure:

Anyway hope you all have a good day and stay safe :classic_smile::classic_love:

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14 hours ago, Adawn47 said:

So do I. It's been  awful week so far, and it's only Wednesday!!

My friend was back in hospital three weeks ago because of kidney stones again. She came home on Saturday and was told a nurse would be out every day to make sure she was alright as she still had a draining tube in. No-one came and with her son and DIL now having covid,  her sister came from Grimsby tonight to stay with her. She phoned the doctor as soon as she saw her, and she is now back in hospital. What a farce!!  She facetimed with me while waiting for the ambulance and she looked so poorly. I'm so worried about her.

Avril

I hope your friend is soon feeling better, hospital is the last place anyone would want to be particular during a pandemic 🤞

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1 hour ago, Waju said:

Can someone explain why GP's can't revert to face to face appointments?   Surely they don't take up anymore time than a telephone call.  I understand that some patients may prefer a telephone appointment but they are not suitable for everyone.  

 

I clapped every Thursday for the NHS and fully appreciate the amazing job they have done and continue to do but if I am being completely honest with you all our GP surgery needs to start and get back to normal now.  Covid jabs were done at the huge local vaccination centre, we have just had our flu jabs but they were done at the chemist attached to the surgery.  

 

It is so impossible to get them to answer the phone - people give up and go straight to A&E or the walk in centre. I just don't understand why things aren't slowly, slowly getting back to normal.

Our surgery is insisting on a telephone consultation and then if the doctor thinks that you need to be seen in person you are given an appointment.  I had to go in to see the doctor, when I got to the surgery I went to the reception window and was told to sit in my car on the car park until I was called in.  I noticed that people without cars were standing around outside, we are coming to the winter and I am concerned about thd elderly patients who don't drive having to stand out in bad weather.

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42 minutes ago, Waju said:

Thank you Jane for your response.  I really do salute the NHS, we are lucky to have this free service and I appreciate it.  Is the shortage of doctors since the outbreak of covid or has it been coming for a while?

It's been coming for a while Waju - 5 years I would say. The co-incidence of the natural age retirements of a large number of GPs and nurses was the tipping point. The younger GPs coming through are not really interested in taking up partnerships or working the traditional hours of our now defunct family doctors. There are so many opportunities for them to work in private practice or even from their homes working for the new 24-hour advice lines - and of course there is much more money to be made that way. Sad but true. Jane.x 

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT......

I have decided, in my great wisdom, to have roast beef this Christmas, however my Yorkshire puddings  have an uncanny resemblance to hockey pucks, therefore I am after a "guaranteed success recipe " for individual yorkies please. 

Many thanks in advance. 

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44 minutes ago, terrierjohn said:

Jane, a friend of ours only yesterday told us of a report that after some serious health issues double jabbing was no longer being recommended. Have you seen anything about this, as our GP surgery had told us that we would receive the covid booster and flu jab together.

No John I haven't. Our latest instruction is that we can give both together - a decision that was made last week, reversing a previous decision that there had to be a 7 day gap between the two. I'm not at work today so unless something has come through since I left last night that I'm as yet unaware of, it's still OK to give both together. I'll let you know tomorrow if that has changed. Jane.x 

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Our GP is encouraging you not to even phone the surgery they suggest if you want an appointment to fill in an online form with details about why you want an appointment. It will then be checked and "considered" what sort of appointment you get of a face to face, telephone or zoom. For those that do not have internet access they can still answer the phones. When you do phone the receptionists have a "greater than thou" and arrogant attitude so not every GP surgery is wonderful as ours is a complete and utter joke.

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4 minutes ago, ohnonotmeagain said:

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT......

I have decided, in my great wisdom, to have roast beef this Christmas, however my Yorkshire puddings  have an uncanny resemblance to hockey pucks, therefore I am after a "guaranteed success recipe " for individual yorkies please. 

Many thanks in advance. 

Auntie Bessie has a great recipe 😉

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14 minutes ago, Josy1953 said:

Our surgery is insisting on a telephone consultation and then if the doctor thinks that you need to be seen in person you are given an appointment.  I had to go in to see the doctor, when I got to the surgery I went to the reception window and was told to sit in my car on the car park until I was called in.  I noticed that people without cars were standing around outside, we are coming to the winter and I am concerned about thd elderly patients who don't drive having to stand out in bad weather.

That's awful Josy and sorry to be smug but not in a million years would I let that happen. It's very interesting for me to read of the variances in practice in different parts of the country. Have a good day. Jane.x 

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3 minutes ago, majortom10 said:

Our GP is encouraging you not to even phone the surgery they suggest if you want an appointment to fill in an online form with details about why you want an appointment. It will then be checked and "considered" what sort of appointment you get of a face to face, telephone or zoom. For those that do not have internet access they can still answer the phones. When you do phone the receptionists have a "greater than thou" and arrogant attitude so not every GP surgery is wonderful as ours is a complete and utter joke.

This reminded me, a neighbour went to our local hospital for a blood test on Monday, normally you can just turn up.  On this occasion they told her she should have made an appointment on-line, she is 79 and would have no clue!  They then sent her to our 'other' hospital and they showed her to a computer terminal to make an appointment.  I do worry some of our older friends may get pushed out in all this.

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10 minutes ago, ohnonotmeagain said:

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT......

I have decided, in my great wisdom, to have roast beef this Christmas, however my Yorkshire puddings  have an uncanny resemblance to hockey pucks, therefore I am after a "guaranteed success recipe " for individual yorkies please. 

Many thanks in advance. 

Love roast beef Jane and that's what we are doing too - well my daughter is. I've never cooked a Yorkshire Pudding in my life!  If it weren't for M&S I would starve! Hope you're well. Best wishes. Jane.x 

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9 minutes ago, Beckett said:

It's been coming for a while Waju - 5 years I would say. The co-incidence of the natural age retirements of a large number of GPs and nurses was the tipping point. The younger GPs coming through are not really interested in taking up partnerships or working the traditional hours of our now defunct family doctors. There are so many opportunities for them to work in private practice or even from their homes working for the new 24-hour advice lines - and of course there is much more money to be made that way. Sad but true. Jane.x 

I support that Jane but would add a little to it. I found partners and salaried doctors before I retired so 2013 were very resistant to change. Telephone was the hated enemy on which they would be ruined, opening longer hours they would not rota through the day and end up working 100 hours er week and so on and so forth. Covid comes and I suspect funding was given for computer systems upgrades to support it. They had to do it and did it. Now many of them won't go back. I think it is both the encroachment of the powers that be added to resistance to change that is driving them away. The NHS is broken in many ways and the powers need to think hard how to fix it then darn well leave it alone. 

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8 minutes ago, ohnonotmeagain said:

Jane,we are giving  both flu and covid vaccines together, some are choosing to have one and then the other at a later date  but most are having them at the same time. Been doing this for 2 weeks now and no major  negative feedback, just the usual sore/ heavy  arm.

No we haven't either Jane - so far. Busy though isn't it? Jane.x 

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Thank you to everyone for your kind comments about Charlie. He has left a hole which 3 confused junior wirey dachshunds are trying to fill once they are sure he is not hiding in the bathroom as he often did just to get away from the youngsters. 

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2 minutes ago, ohnonotmeagain said:

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT......

I have decided, in my great wisdom, to have roast beef this Christmas, however my Yorkshire puddings  have an uncanny resemblance to hockey pucks, therefore I am after a "guaranteed success recipe " for individual yorkies please. 

Many thanks in advance. 

I use Delia Smith's recipe, always comes out perfect,  I pour the batter into muffin tins because I prefer individual yorkies20211014_112927.thumb.jpg.a6505080f337bf0d6f4997d1a38592fc.jpg

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20 minutes ago, Josy1953 said:

Our surgery is insisting on a telephone consultation and then if the doctor thinks that you need to be seen in person you are given an appointment.  I had to go in to see the doctor, when I got to the surgery I went to the reception window and was told to sit in my car on the car park until I was called in.  I noticed that people without cars were standing around outside, we are coming to the winter and I am concerned about thd elderly patients who don't drive having to stand out in bad weather.

I've heard of this too, I've also seen people queueing outside of dental practices locally. 

 

I went to the theatre yesterday, I travelled there and back on on a busy bus, I ate in a busy restaurant, I sat in a busy theatre - I wore a mask (except in the restaurant) but that was my choice - I would say the vast majority didn't.  I suppose my point is if I can sit in those places, and numerous others why can't I sit in a doctors waiting room or a dentists waiting room?

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19 minutes ago, ohnonotmeagain said:

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT......

I have decided, in my great wisdom, to have roast beef this Christmas, however my Yorkshire puddings  have an uncanny resemblance to hockey pucks, therefore I am after a "guaranteed success recipe " for individual yorkies please. 

Many thanks in advance. 

Make the batter a few hours before cooking and let it stand, give the batter a good stir just before cooking to get some air in the mix.

 

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14 minutes ago, majortom10 said:

Our GP is encouraging you not to even phone the surgery they suggest if you want an appointment to fill in an online form with details about why you want an appointment. It will then be checked and "considered" what sort of appointment you get of a face to face, telephone or zoom. For those that do not have internet access they can still answer the phones. When you do phone the receptionists have a "greater than thou" and arrogant attitude so not every GP surgery is wonderful as ours is a complete and utter joke.

Sorry to hear that Tom and I agree that not every surgery is wonderful - mine certainly isn't but we do what we can to the best of our ability. I insist on all calls being answered personally as I want patients to hear an actual human voice and not a recording. I bet that all changes when I retire! Jane.x 

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