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Pressures force GP practices to halt routine appointment bookings


For what does a patient need a routine appointment more than 4 weeks hence? One practice I know has a DNA rate for 'same day emergency appointments'. The further in advance, it seems the more likely to DNA. Appointments in the next four weeks are probably for all the 'urgent but not emergency' problems, though patients are taking to booking same day emergency appointments simply because when they ask for something in advance, they are told there are none in the next 4 weeks, 'which is as far as the appointments rota goes on the computer', so ring tomorrow and ask for an emergency one.

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24 May 2018

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