So...exciting news is, I've just been offered a job! In London though, and I don't live there or in commuting distance of the job, so I'll be moving - starting at the end of Sept.
This means I need to find a new GP (cons is already in London).
My current one has been amazing - the practice staff are always helpful and I've had 2 lovely GPs who get that I'm not exactly typical and have been really supportive and good at listening, even when they don't know what to do with me. But I knew they were good because I currently live where I went to uni and this was my uni practice so I just went back to them when I moved back. The ones before that in London I just picked at random as at that point I didn't have all this stuff to deal with so basically never saw them when I was choosing and didn't really think it mattered where I went.
Nw though I am slightly worried about changing - needs to be done, obviously, but I'm still feeling my way with my consultant and have found a supportive GP is necessary. I understand they might not always know how to help but I don't want someone who is going to be extremely textbook or dismissive, or expect consistency with wheezes/PF/pull the anxiety card etc.
But how do I know until I've already signed up with the practice? I have an idea there might be reviews on the NHS website (I found a great dentist this way but my teeth are uncomplicated); is there a trial period or anything, or any way of finding out what they're actually like?
A good asthma nurse who is open minded and who I can run things past (I know some people on here have great ones at their GP practices) would be a bonus especially if GPs have long waiting times - no way to find that out in advance though.
It might not be that hard but I am keen to get this right as I've found it's so important to have a good GP to keep things anchored when cons have been less helpful. I'd like to maximise my chances f of getting one but not sure if I can!
Hearing from others on here who I'm sure have similar needs as rather more frequent flyers than the average would be really helpful - thanks!