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Letter from GP asking me to phone the surgery ....

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Mrs Mo, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. I've just received a letter from my surgery asking me to ring them and book a telephone appointment with my GP. I rang them today and asked them what this was about ... the receptionist looked on her computer and just said it was a "routine telephone appointment " - no further info was available but she said as it was routine and by phone it probably wasnt anything to worry about. I've booked this "appointment" for next Thursday but I dont know what this is about and it has panicked me somewhat. I've not been well recently and was found to have abnormal blood results - not enough white cells. I was advised to have a HIV test, which came back negative. I'm awaiting referral to an Immunologist.
    Has anyone any clue what this is about? I am panicking slightly in case it is to tell me they need to re-do the HIV test for some reason.
     
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I'd make an appt to see my GP tomorrow in this situation. Why would you wait and worry for another week?
     
  3. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    Crikey - what a palaver! Why didn't they just ring and speak to you directly? I don't think they can realise how much worry something like this can cause.
    On the upside, I am guessing that had it been serious they would have done this, and not waited to print off letter, post it out and wait for it to get there, even risking it being lost in the post. Do try not to worry, urgent it is not. I hope you get it sorted soon. xx
     
  4. I also think if it was something significant they would have not bothered with the letter and just called you in for an appointment. I bet they end up telling you to keep an eye on your symptoms and go back in a month if nothing changes or something like that.
    If it's going to worry you though, I'd just make an appointment and go in.
    I had a situaiton once where I'd been quite ill with strange and varied symptoms and was sent for a whole host of blood tests. After a week I got a call from the receptionist saying I needed to make an apointment URGENTLY with the doctor! I asked what it was about and she said it was something to do with the tests and I need to discuss it with the doctor.
    As you can imagine, I was a nervous wreck between then and my appointment. When I saw the doctor he told me that there had been a problem with a couple of my tests because the nurse had used the wrong colour bottle and I would have to go and have them re-done!
     
  5. I used to work in Medical Reception, and it was my job to do the patient recalls..... and I had to try hard not to panic anyone. If it's a letter it shouldn't be anything urgent... quite often it was just to discuss test results, or a letter back from specialist. There could be twenty of these a day.... doctors just didn't want to have to call everyone individually. (Also in Oz they get paid for every patient visit!) Try not to worry (easier said than done, I know) ..... Hope all is ok.
     
  6. Try not to worry, it'll probably be for a smear test or a flu jab because they are behind on their targets.
    Anything like an HIV result or a serious medical problem will be a face to face consultation. Why not ring and cancel the appointment. Tell them if it's routine and not important you are too busy, if it's anything else you would like to do it face to face.
     
  7. Thanks for your replies. I have already had my flu jab and smear test, so it cant be about that (only had smear test done a few days ago so too early for results to be back).
    I have decided not to worry about it ... whatever it is, the doc feels it can be done over the phone so I suppose it's not going to be anything major (hopefully).
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Do you think that's why I got 4 identical letters from my GP's practice today reminding me to go for a flu jab? What a waste of money- 4 stamps and the time it took to process the letters.
     
  9. I am positive it is nothing to worry about but I think they are naughty doing this. They really don't seem to see how they can worry people. I personally would have asked for an immediate call back from gp or the receptionist to find out what it's about. Why should you have to wait? Just ring them and say I need to speak to the doctor right now. It's your health and you are entitled to know what this conversation is about.
     
  10. Yep, that would be it. You'll probably get a few more if you are in a high risk group as well. With increasing levels of emotional blackmail.
    To the OP, maybe they are going to have the mobile breast screening truck in the area? There are a multitude of reasons (obviously I mean targets) which could be involved. Do you smoke, smoking cessation is a biggy right now. On the pill or a statin? If you are they may wish to change the brand of drug for financial reasons, if you're not then they probably want to put you on them both, just in case.
    I agree it's very bad form, like when you say to someone "Oh I know what I must tell you......but don't worry I'll tell you tomorrow!"
     
  11. Well, now I know what this was all about ... my GP just wanted to let me know that she'd heard back from the immunologists who had suggested some further tests. However, the doc said she'd rather refer me to them so that they can do all the tests necessary. The general opinion is it probably isnt anything to worry about, but they feel it deserves further investigation. The specialist is based in Bristol ... my gp has never referred anyone there before so she couldnt tell me what kind of waiting list there was.
    So there was nothing to really worry about after all... phew!
     
  12. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    Really glad for you! Sometimes these people just do not think. Anyway, glad it was just further tests, and hope they all come back okay for you xx
     
  13. Thanks. I have my appointment on 24 Jan so not such a long wait really. I just hope they can get to the bottom of my problems.
     
  14. Doctors, while noble beasts, can be unbelievably insensitive! I suppose after a while you forget that what is obvious to you is not going to be obvious to someone who hasn't been to medical school... But you would think they'd realise that a letter like this could panic a person! However, I also suspect that being so cas' about it means there's nothing sinister going on. My old housemate got ill with and she'd been to the GP for tests, and the GP called from his mobile at about 10 o'clock at night to say there was something seriously wrong and she needed to get herself to hospital, stat. So I have seen them get their behinds into gear when it's urgent. Best wishes xx
     
  15. I agree with you there. When I had blood tests ages ago I was told to phone the surgery in a week. I got a call first thing the next morning from the doctor. When my dad had a brain tumour I took him for a scan and the consultant rang me the same afternoon. I do believe if things are serious they do contact you very quickly.
     
  16. Tigger1962

    Tigger1962 New commenter

    I remember the agony that my SIL went through when she had recently had a breast cyst x-rayed and the hospital called later the same day to ask her to go back urgently the following day - well you can imagine what went through her mind ...... :(
    .... when she went back the next day - with my brother who had taken a day off work - turned out that they had made a mistake with the first x-ray and hadn't actually got a useable slide - so they just re-did the x-ray and it turned out that it was just a harmless cyst

    .... but couldn't they just have told her why she was being called back and saved her all that worry???
     
  17. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    They used opposite tactics with me once - I had a worrying blood test result, and they needed to do a repeat test to see what was going on. They told me they had lost the sample, so I needed to give another one, just so I wouldn't worry unnecessarily.
    As it turned out, it was fine, just a flukey strange result.
     

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