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Barriers to seeing a GP revealed

Barriers to seeing a GP revealed

Is something stopping you from seeing a doctor? Many of us put off niggling health concerns due to busy lives, especially when we’ve got families and children to care for! Parents are often guilty of putting their own health needs to the back of the queue.

An eye-opening survey by Cancer Research UK published by the BBC reveals the extent of the problem. It found one of the top issues stopping people coming forward is their dislike of discussing their concerns with staff such as a receptionist to get an appointment.

We know how daunting it can be, especially if it’s something you feel embarrassed about, and it seems we’re not alone! Of almost 2,000 adults questioned, four in 10 said they disliked having to discuss their ills with office staff in order to get an appointment. But lead researcher Dr Jodie Moffat urges everyone to seek help rather than suffer in silence. She is quoted as saying. "Be forceful. I know that's easier said than done. But it's clear that a new sign or symptom, or something that has stayed or got worse over time, needs to be checked out by a GP."

Other top barriers to seeing a GP, according to the survey, were difficulty getting an appointment with a particular doctor (41.8%) and difficulty getting an appointment at a convenient time (41.5%). What’s been your experience? Let us know over on our Facebook and Twitter.

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