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"I feel rushed in my appointment and need more time"

Healthwatch heard from patients who are unhappy with GPs applying fixed length appointments. Patients reported feeling rushed and struggling to make themselves heard, particularly if they have multiple health problems.


For example


Healthwatch Halton found that six out of ten local residents weren’t happy with the length of appointment available and that doctors were often unwilling to listen to more than one symptom.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire spoke with a number of patients with visual impairments who raised concerns about not being granted extra-long appointments to help them go through such details as how to take their medication and what side-effects to expect.

 

"GPs should listen well, if one has 2 or 3 problems at the same time GP says for every single problem I have to book another appointment”

Respondent to Healthwatch Waltham Forest