Just been to register Ivy with our GP - they refused her on the grounds we won’t immunise!
Practice policy the receptionist said. Suggested I try another practice within the centre. Next practice also refused to take her on same grounds. Next practice didn’t refuse but said they couldn’t take her without the rest of the family, and couldn’t take whole family as we were alreay registered with a GP. Apparently they have to accept only new patients without a GP in the area (we live in an area with a high Polish/Lithuanian/Romanian influx). Very nice receptionist though who offered to go across and argue patient choice with our practice.
Decided to speak to HV within same building who suggested I contact local health authority and explain and they would allocate Ivy a GP, possibly our own GP. HV went off to get the contact details for the authority and came back 2 minutes later saying that she had spoken to our GP practice manager and that they WOULD accept Ivy after all. Cue one very embarassed receptioinist (who was only taking higher advice as I heard her double check the policy before refusing Ivy!!). So Ivy now has a GP, hopefully never needed…....
Ironic ending - On the window of the reception, just above the receptionists head, a sticker saying “YOUR HEALTH - YOUR CHOICE”
So yes, 30 minutes spent doing a 30 second task, grrr!