Getting An Appointment

NHS is back in action

NHS is making appointments again Life is stirring, and the NHS is starting to re-schedule canceled appointments. Good news is that, for the moment, it seems it is the Consultant's secretaries who are making appointments.  Pleasant to talk to, they are interested in...

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Waiting times for cancer treatment are a scandal

Waiting times lengthen for cancer treatment Cancer patients should come forward to ask for cancer treatment. according to Prof. Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England. This is all very well, but watching juvenile performances from our Politicians...

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How to re-book a cancelled appointment

NHS blames us for appointments' debacle If you see a notice like this on the Outpatients wall, take it with a pound of salt and cynicism. This is all part of the NHS culture; often far from the truth.  Recently I was part of an NHS committee; it was fairly high up...

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Making a useful New Year Resolution

Everyone makes Resolutions at this time of year - so I'm making a useful one Had a 'light bulb'moment when I lost my temper with the surgery, and got a long-delayed appointment within two weeks.  So my New Year's Resolution is simple:  to make sure I get the...

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Looking after yourself in today’s NHS

Cancer Survivors need to look after themselves  Not only does UK have poorest European cancer survival rate (WHO statistics, etc) - but ....... The Prime Minister's promise of funding for the NHS is short on detail. Nick Robinson (cancer survivor and BBC presenter),...

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How to get the most out of your hospital appointment

SCOPE, the disability charity, has some excellent advice on its website Hospital cutbacks mean time is even shorter, Patients need to plan for their appointment so as to ensure they get maximum benefit With cut-backs across the NHS board, and extended waits to see...

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