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Dr's appointments and work

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
If you have to go the doctors during work hours, do you have to work the time back ?

i.e. If i took 2 hours off for the doctors, my work is going to make me work for 2 extra hours th next day.

Is there anyway of getting out of this ?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Time off for Doctors is a courtesy thing, especially if it's not for something which will affect work. It's usually at the discretion of the management.

    Personally, I usually let people have time off.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have to make up time I've taken for normal appointments and the dentist and stuff (or take it as holiday), but cause my manager is nice, he just lets me have the time off it's it's for hospital stuff, cause you can't choose your appointment time, and it's essential.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    kaffrin wrote: »
    he just lets me have the time off it's it's for hospital stuff, cause you can't choose your appointment time

    Yeah you can. Just harder to get them outside work time which, I suspect, is what you meant.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah you can. Just harder to get them outside work time which, I suspect, is what you meant.

    Surely that would depend entirely on what the appointment was for?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You should be able to pick pretty much anything.

    Which day of the week might be harder in some cases (things like Neuro where there isn't much demand) but for most things they can be very flexible. They should actually be offering you the opportunity - mainly because of the fact that people have lives away from their health problem and 30% (ish) of appointments are cancelled because it's "not convenient" and this creates mucho work.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    When I've had appointments and hospital (for stomach specialist and eye infirmary) it was either choose a rather late time (after 5pm) and not wait that long (well, a month or so) or get the time I want, but wait ages for the appointment.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Because everyone wants the convenient times ;)

    It's why it's your choice. You really, really want that time then you'll be willing to wait. If you are flexible then you don't. I guess it [partly]depends on how much your problem affects you...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'd say its good management to allow people a couple of hours here or there for GP appointments, as long as its not every week its hardly going to make big impacts to either productivity or the business. And a healthy worker is a busy worker.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah you can. Just harder to get them outside work time which, I suspect, is what you meant.

    Actually no, I wasn't aware you could pick at all! With the exception of the respiratory specialist, who likes to give the illusion of choice (i.e. you ring for a 'convenient' time, they have one slot in a month's time. If you can't make it, that's fine, they can rearrange for 6 months next Thursday if that suits?) Although it's neither here nor there to me, cause the clinic runs 9.30am - 12.30 am and I work 9-5 anyway, so, you know however I look at it, it's time off.

    None of the other clinics have ever given me a choice. Are they supposed to?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Fucking right they are. It's the whole basis of Patient Choice and is, in fact, your right.

    Sadly many patients don't realise that so don't pressure the hospital. Of course, that isn't to say that hospitals don't make sure that you are aware of this right because it means that they can dictate and control things easier.

    NB Did you also know that you have the right to have a copy of any letter from your consultant to the GP. Without charge?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru

    NB Did you also know that you have the right to have a copy of any letter from your consultant to the GP. Without charge?

    I did, and recently my consultants have always sent copies of these letters direct to my home address, without me even asking.

    Has been very handy as I change GPs between home and uni frequently, so I can take my file of letters along when needed.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    NB Did you also know that you have the right to have a copy of any letter from your consultant to the GP. Without charge?

    I did not!

    I do ok on that front though, or I did, cause my GP was really good and used to go through the letters with me. Good job he did, cause the consultants told some right fibs about me!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    kaffrin wrote: »
    Actually no, I wasn't aware you could pick at all! With the exception of the respiratory specialist, who likes to give the illusion of choice (i.e. you ring for a 'convenient' time, they have one slot in a month's time. If you can't make it, that's fine, they can rearrange for 6 months next Thursday if that suits?) Although it's neither here nor there to me, cause the clinic runs 9.30am - 12.30 am and I work 9-5 anyway, so, you know however I look at it, it's time off.

    None of the other clinics have ever given me a choice. Are they supposed to?

    if it's possible, ask the specialist to write to your boss explaining that this is important (at the end of the day, your health is more important than your job) and it's not possible for you to have an appointment out of work hours. My doctors surgery said they'd do this for me if I wanted them to. (as the only time I have from school is a Friday afternoon and it wasn't always possible to get an appointment then)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sofie wrote: »
    if it's possible, ask the specialist to write to your boss explaining that this is important (at the end of the day, your health is more important than your job) and it's not possible for you to have an appointment out of work hours. My doctors surgery said they'd do this for me if I wanted them to. (as the only time I have from school is a Friday afternoon and it wasn't always possible to get an appointment then)

    Not necessary, tbh. My boss is really good about it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    NB Did you also know that you have the right to have a copy of any letter from your consultant to the GP. Without charge?

    Is it true that they can withhold this right if the letters contain "sensitive" information that may damage your mental health? I get told this a fair bit, that seeing certain things would be too upsetting etc which I think is a load of bullshit tbh.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    TBH That statement alone is likely to cause paranoia...

    I'd need to check that.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Having sensory disabilities, my firm will give me paid time for hospital appointments - usually one and a half days per year. Normal doctor time isn't paid for, but I can make up by working extra on a different day.
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