Many of us put off going to the doctors because we don’t have the time. Doctors surgeries tend to be open from 8 until 6 when many of us are at work or school. Booking an appointment can also be difficult – many doctors surgeries require you to be on the phone from 8am if you want to get an appointment for the day.
Not having the time to go to the doctors can be dangerous and it could prevent you getting the treatment you need. A small health issue could eventually turn into something more serious. For this reason, it’s important that you get the check-up you need.
Fortunately, there are now many ways to visit a doctor even if you lead a busy live. Here are just a few ways to get the appointment you need.
Call up 111
111 is an NHS phone service for non-emergency medical problems. It allows you to talk to medical professional and get advice over the phone. If your health issue sounds like it may need urgent medical attention, you may be able to get a fast-tracked doctor’s appointment or an appointment at an out of hours clinic. 111 is free to call and is open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Order prescriptions online
Need to pick up a prescription? Certain medication is available online to buy and get delivered. You can get a consultation with a doctor online and then have the medication ordered to you, saving you a trip to the doctor’s and the pharmacy.
Another solution to getting medical treatment in your own time is to go private. You can book an appointment at any time and won’t have to go on any waiting list. Some private health services may even allow you to send out a doctor to your location – so if you’re busy at work but need to get a health problem checked out, you can do so without taking time off work. A drawback to private healthcare is the cost. If you think you’re going to use it regularly, you may want to invest in health insurance. Some companies may provide free health insurance to employees, which is worth taking advantage of.
Prioritise your health
None of these solutions work for you? It could be time to prioritise your health.
Whilst many of us do lead busy lives, our health should come first. Most employers will be understanding if you need to take time off to see a doctor. If you’ve got kids to look after and can’t take them with you, you could always get someone to babysit. Whilst these other commitments may be important to you, you won’t be able to handle these commitments if you’re not looking after your health.
Make sure that you’re also not putting off a doctor’s visit for other reasons. This could include being too embarrassed, being afraid of needles, being afraid of being around people that are sick or simply not trusting doctors. If you don’t like your current doctor, you can always ask to see someone else and you don’t have to accept any treatment (there may be alternatives to an injection or blood test).