I have discover the magic sentence you need to the doctors receptionist if you want a same day appt!! Earlier today discovered a weird rash half way around my back and stomach!! Instant thought was shingles or chicken pox as grandson also has had a rash for a couple of days. I decided to call and see if I could get urgent appt. this was my call “ I have pmr, I am on steroids and both my grandson and myself have what looks like a chicken pox/shingles rash, can I see the doctor ASAP”. The response was this “ of course, we can see you at 5.15 today”. After I got off the floor I thanked them and made my way to doctors a bit stunned. This password of sorts only gets you access to the gp, unfortunately you will have to sit in the corridor outside the toilets with any other lepers as you have “an unidentified rash”. As we waited outside the toilets various doctors went past smiling knowingly!! Our senior partner then asked what was going on and then said ok and went, and came straight back and said I will see you now.!! Outcome was good I have not acquired any more blasted illnesses and I had been bitten by a mass of midges and whereas I normally would have been scratching like mad because I am on Pred it has subdued my response. But the moral of the story is if you need to see a gp urgently try the words pmr, steroids, chicken pox and shingles and you will probably be seen urgently I just cannot guarantee where you will have to sit!! The partner did say though I did the right thing as if it had been shingles I would have been very ill with the lowered immunity. I told her it was because of this site and she said that was brilliant.