I have been seeing the same GP now for about 25 years-I actually remember him as a GP trainee in the hospital. I feel he has got to know me well and realises that I only go to the surgery when there is a reason. I moved house a year ago(only 7 miles buT apparently in a different catchement area) I spoke to my GP about this and as I still owned my previous house and may go back ther in another year I kept that address. I have a health insurance that makes my wages up once I have been off work for 6 months. I have started a claim on it.
Last week I contacted the surgery about having copies of all my consultant letters for the last 2 years( rheumatologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, opthamologist, gastroenterologist). I find when you come away from a consultant you forget what they have said and another asks you a question you don't have an answer to. I also requested copies of my blood results as all the tell me when I ring up is 'they are normal' When I had a phone call from the surgery I thought it was about that but instead I was told they had my new address on their records(apparently my insurance claim had caused them to change it) and I would have to change surgeries. I tried to ask if I could stay as I am moving back there next year and have built up a rapport with my GP(have discussed work etc with him, its him who has signed me off until August). Told them its the last thing I need at this time(my mood is low enough as it is). Was told they would ask them(but did they). They phoned back and said I would have to move. Have now signed up with a new surgery and seeing a GP there in 10 days time. On a positive note it may work out well.... a different set of eyes and I have heard good reports about him( he has also been a GP trainee recently in our local hospital and I remember the request forms we had from him were quite sensible), and it seems easier to get appointments there! The sad thing is that I haven't been able to talk things over with my old GP. he probably know nothing about it. Just needed to get this down on paper-lol