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    I reassure you I will now wait before toying with my meds. It may take a few months and some weight gain but I cannot go back to the mess I was. I am only feeling a little better. I require more help but the waiting list can and will take time. My family dr is no good. He can give meds but his follow ups are distant. I hate that I have to stay on the 2 weight ganing meds to stay stable at the moment but I do think that is my safest bet at the current time sadly :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEANML View Post
    My family dr is no good. He can give meds but his follow ups are distant.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that in Canada you're not restricted to which GPs you can see, as seems to be the case in the UK, so you can switch to another relatively easily, or at least get a second opinion. A second opinion would be a good idea, imo. I've found pharmacists are good sources of information about the local GPs and which issues they may be more interested in.
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    Yes you can change but finding a family Dr is near impossible right now. It would be faster to just get a psychiatrist through the family dr. (Referrals) But finding a family dr was hard once my original one retired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEANML View Post
    Yes you can change but finding a family Dr is near impossible right now.
    Because of COVID?

    It would be faster to just get a psychiatrist through the family dr. (Referrals) But finding a family dr was hard once my original one retired.
    Bummer!
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    Nope. we are just in need of family DR's where I live. Alot are not taking patients. If you have a family doctor don't loose it kind of deal. Cause that could be you last for a long time.
    On one waiting list i was number 100. Never got a call back so they most likely filled the available spots.

    My new dr isnt the best but it's a dr

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    Quote Originally Posted by panic_down_under View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that in Canada you're not restricted to which GPs you can see, as seems to be the case in the UK, so you can switch to another relatively easily, or at least get a second opinion. A second opinion would be a good idea, imo. I've found pharmacists are good sources of information about the local GPs and which issues they may be more interested in.
    That's slightly changed in the UK now, certainly has in my NHS authority. You can swap practice, (if that practice is taking on patients), quite easily. At my practice you are nominally assigned a Dr, they will do your repeat prescriptions, but you won't automatically see then if you book a general appointment. General appointments if you have specific times when you can attend like me (pre covid), I work 45min to an hour away from home and local practice, so usually ask for an after 6 pm, then you'll see a Dr who's available at that time. If a specific Dr has been dealing with you on a certain treatment you may have to wait longer to see them dependant on their work rota, or you can see them immediately if you're available anytime.
    All the Dr's certainly at my practice have listed on the website what their speciality interest is outside General Practice work so you can ask to see that Dr if you think they would be more suited to your requirements.
    The practise I go to and the Dr I used to see (since retired), was one of the heads of practice and didn't believe the one Dr one patient system was particularly healthy, and that you should from time to time see a different Dr for long term illness (like mental health), for an alternative view on things. He particularly espoused the view as he was one of the older Dr's of seeing a young GP in his case, as they would be more up to date with the latest ideas and more aware of new treatments, than as he put and 'old fossil' like himself. Also he thought the reverse worked as well if you had been seeing a newish GP 'fresh out of the packet'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEANML View Post
    Nope. we are just in need of family DR's where I live. Alot are not taking patients. If you have a family doctor don't loose it kind of deal. Cause that could be you last for a long time.
    On one waiting list i was number 100. Never got a call back so they most likely filled the available spots.

    My new dr isnt the best but it's a dr
    Yikes!

    The local docs where I live have a waiting list too, but that's because it has been only a small community until recently and an influx of outsiders is overwhelming the staff at the two practices, not helped by one GP retiring recently. However, there is no shortage of doctors in the bigger town 30 km away and I think generally it isn't difficult getting an appointment in most of Oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrum123 View Post
    That's slightly changed in the UK now, certainly has in my NHS authority. You can swap practice, (if that practice is taking on patients), quite easily.
    Ah, thanks for the heads up.

    The practise I go to and the Dr I used to see (since retired), was one of the heads of practice and didn't believe the one Dr one patient system was particularly healthy, and that you should from time to time see a different Dr for long term illness (like mental health), for an alternative view on things. He particularly espoused the view as he was one of the older Dr's of seeing a young GP in his case, as they would be more up to date with the latest ideas and more aware of new treatments, than as he put and 'old fossil' like himself. Also he thought the reverse worked as well if you had been seeing a newish GP 'fresh out of the packet'.
    They each have their positives and negatives. I'm currently having issues with my newish GP as she's too eager to send me to a specialist whenever something odd shows up on routine tests and won't take no for an answer even when I know there isn't a problem because it's an old issue which has been thoroughly investigated and found to be benign.
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