Easier Appointment Access For Carers

Easier Appointment Access For Carers

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Veronica Colliety started this petition to NHS Scotland and

This petition was started after a drawn out process to obtain a referral appointment at my local NHS Scotland hospital .

At the initial GP’s appt I was given an estimated wait time of 6 weeks, 14 long and anxious weeks later  I finally got my appointment .  The process wasn’t an easy one and hi-lights how difficult it is for carers in the UK to get an appointment that is convenient to them when their lives are committed to caring for a family member with a disability.

My child has a diagnosis of ASD and cannot be left with someone whom he is not familiar with , I’m a single parent and needed an appointment that could be allocated around my child’s needs. I had explained this information to the hospital when they contacted me initially as to whether there were any dates within the 6 weeks that I could not attend. Despite all of this and not being allocated an Appt after 8 weeks I began to chase up the appt. When they did finally give me an appointment I had to inform them I could not attend as they had sent one through at a time when my child  was coming home from school. I was told if I didn’t take the appointment I would be put back on the waiting list! I made a complaint to the hospital.

This petition is for a simple request that when you’ve reached your turn on the waiting list Carers should be able to get an appointment that is convenient and suitable for them to attend by accessing the booking in diaries  .  

The current system doesn’t allow you to get transferred to the booking team to access the  diary if you need to decline the appointment  . The process would be simpler and less stressful all round if this request could be met, after all you’ve waited in line for your turn for the  appointment.  If being the full time Carer  for a family member whilst suffering ill health themselves wasn’t  stressful enough you certainly don’t need the added stress of trying to obtain an appointment to which you can attend  . So please take time to change the system , let’s hi-light our cause of all Carers in the UK who may at some point need help in obtaining a medical appointment that is convenient for them to attend so they can get  their health back on track, something that is paramount so that they can fulfill their caring role. Thank you . 

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