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#1 Feelin'SomeRhythm

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:38 AM

Hey guys,

 

I'm going to see my GP later this week for what feels like the umpteenth time, yet this time I know I'm going to get referred to a dermatologist for accutane. I've always turned down the option of the drug in the past (despite the Doc's recommendations), but my skin has got so bad lately I feel it's the only option I have left.

 

I'll be doing it on the NHS, however on average how long did you guys have to wait before you get your derm appointment from your GP's referral? I know it varies widely throughout the country (I'm in the North West), but I'm just curious to see how long waiting lists tend to be.

 

Thanks!


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:03 AM

Hi there!

 

I'm in the South East. It took me more than 3 months from being referred by my GP to getting my very first appointment with a derm.

 

Looking at other people's experiences, I think I was quite unlucky, some people can get an appointment within 3 weeks so just cross your fingers! ;)



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:17 AM

I'm in the North West too and after i went to my gp i got my dermatologist appoitment about 8 weeks later :)



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:03 PM

i went to my gp on the 11 of june i've got my first appoiment with a dermatologist on the 29 august can't wait.

my skin is not bad on my face because i was on the regiem for a year but i still break out i get spots of my chest and back

got to wait for 9 weeks now but when you had your first appoiment you get one very month so that's not to bad.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:16 PM

I'm in South Yorkshire and my wait is 3 months.

I'm in South Yorkshire and i have a 3 month wait.

Sorry. Don't know why it posted that twice !?

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

Hello mate

I'm in the South East and I have my first appointment with the Derm tomorrow for Accutane.

After my GP referred me it has only taken 2 weeks to get an appointment. Guess I was lucky though?



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:12 AM

Cheers for the replies, guys - I think it's safe to say that it really does depend on where you live! I'll report back when I go later on this week, but I would guess I'm looking at around 2-3 months for a referral. Having said that, worryingly, according to the NHS website the average waiting list for a dermatology appointment at our hospital is 16 weeks...

 

I love the NHS so much, but the waiting lists are a pain.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:02 PM

I had my derm appointment within 35 days of seeing my GP. & I was given tane by my derm on the spot.
I'm from the north east.
I was also given the waiting times for 3 hospitals in my local area so I could choose accordingly ... I chose the one with the least wait time obviously hahaha. & my GP printed out the referral appointment slip for the hospital, which was helpful as it had my NHS number on it & a reference number for the derm appointment should I need to amend it xxx

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:36 AM

I had my derm appointment within 35 days of seeing my GP. & I was given tane by my derm on the spot.
I'm from the north east.
I was also given the waiting times for 3 hospitals in my local area so I could choose accordingly ... I chose the one with the least wait time obviously hahaha. & my GP printed out the referral appointment slip for the hospital, which was helpful as it had my NHS number on it & a reference number for the derm appointment should I need to amend it xxx

 

That sounds fantastic - I love the fact that the last government brought in the NHS Choice system! There's a few in my area, so hopefully they'll be a difference in waiting times between them.

 

I finally have my GP appointment on Friday morning, so I'll report back then on how it goes. If I can get an appointment any time before September, I'll be happy!



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:24 PM

When I went online to book my appointment I had the choice of four local hospitals. 3/4 hospitals were a longer waiting time but the one I chose only had a 14 day wait, so hopefully you can find one a bit quicker than you thought.

I had my appointment yesterday and was prescribed there and then. Had my blood test done and got a 2 month supply.

Took my first pill this evening after dinner crazy.gif



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:16 AM

I've finally managed to get my NHS appointment through and, while it's not brilliant, it's certainly not as bad as others have experienced. I saw my GP on July 5th, received my referral letter on July 13th and I now have my dermatology appointment for August 19th.

 

I'll be honest, I'm a little worried as my skin seems to be getting a lot worse at the moment, but I guess it's better to wait a month rather than lose a ridiculous sum of money on going private.

 

I love the NHS, I really do, but waiting lists are a pain!



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:16 AM

hey if you really can't wait that long to see your derm then you can always buy like a months supply online and just take like 20mg a day which is a relatively yet effective dose... but obviously you wont be supervised... but a month on 20mg before getting doctors supervision shouldnt be too risky... some people may object to this but i did it because i was desperate... my acne has been super bad this year and it has been the most depressing year of my life... couldnt be bothered waiting 3 months to see a derm... 

 

While I appreciate the advice, I would absolutely never buy any prescription medication online. Aside from the fact that it's illegal, prescription medication is prescription for a reason. In the internet age, it's easy enough for patients to feel that they have all the knowledge and can self-prescribe but, frankly, a Google search is no match for a trained medical doctor. When you're dealing with medication as strong as accutane, it's even more imperative that you do it through the proper channels.



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:21 AM

hey if you really can't wait that long to see your derm then you can always buy like a months supply online and just take like 20mg a day which is a relatively yet effective dose... but obviously you wont be supervised... but a month on 20mg before getting doctors supervision shouldnt be too risky... some people may object to this but i did it because i was desperate... my acne has been super bad this year and it has been the most depressing year of my life... couldnt be bothered waiting 3 months to see a derm... 

 

While I appreciate the advice, I would absolutely never buy any prescription medication online. Aside from the fact that it's illegal, prescription medication is prescription for a reason. In the internet age, it's easy enough for patients to feel that they have all the knowledge and can self-prescribe but, frankly, a Google search is no match for a trained medical doctor. When you're dealing with medication as strong as accutane, it's even more imperative that you do it through the proper channels.

it can be bought from thailand because they don't need prescription for it there... i know its stupid but desperate times calls for desperate measures 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:48 PM

hey if you really can't wait that long to see your derm then you can always buy like a months supply online and just take like 20mg a day which is a relatively yet effective dose... but obviously you wont be supervised... but a month on 20mg before getting doctors supervision shouldnt be too risky... some people may object to this but i did it because i was desperate... my acne has been super bad this year and it has been the most depressing year of my life... couldnt be bothered waiting 3 months to see a derm... 

 
While I appreciate the advice, I would absolutely never buy any prescription medication online. Aside from the fact that it's illegal, prescription medication is prescription for a reason. In the internet age, it's easy enough for patients to feel that they have all the knowledge and can self-prescribe but, frankly, a Google search is no match for a trained medical doctor. When you're dealing with medication as strong as accutane, it's even more imperative that you do it through the proper channels.

Well said. I'm a pharmacy technician in an nhs hospital and you should not buy prescription meds online, you don't even know if they are what they claim to be, let alone the other risks you are taking, it's never worth it no matter how bad your acne is.

I started roaccutane last night. I finally gave up and asked my GP to refer me to a derm, got the letter about 3 days later, went online and used choose and book to make an appointment, waiting times depend on the hospital, the shortest was in a weeks time but since I wanted the hospital I work at the wait was 4 weeks. At my appointment the derm agreed to put me on it and sent me for bloods. Exactly a week later (yesterday) I had a follow up, got my bloods back, had a pregnancy test and got my prescription.

So from referral to prescription was 5.5 weeks for me, but it could have been 2.5 weeks if I had chosen a different hospital. I think the nhs very much depends where u live, in my area (Kent) my GP said dermatology like to see patients quickly.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:05 PM

 

hey if you really can't wait that long to see your derm then you can always buy like a months supply online and just take like 20mg a day which is a relatively yet effective dose... but obviously you wont be supervised... but a month on 20mg before getting doctors supervision shouldnt be too risky... some people may object to this but i did it because i was desperate... my acne has been super bad this year and it has been the most depressing year of my life... couldnt be bothered waiting 3 months to see a derm... 

 
While I appreciate the advice, I would absolutely never buy any prescription medication online. Aside from the fact that it's illegal, prescription medication is prescription for a reason. In the internet age, it's easy enough for patients to feel that they have all the knowledge and can self-prescribe but, frankly, a Google search is no match for a trained medical doctor. When you're dealing with medication as strong as accutane, it's even more imperative that you do it through the proper channels.

Well said. I'm a pharmacy technician in an nhs hospital and you should not buy prescription meds online, you don't even know if they are what they claim to be, let alone the other risks you are taking, it's never worth it no matter how bad your acne is.

I started roaccutane last night. I finally gave up and asked my GP to refer me to a derm, got the letter about 3 days later, went online and used choose and book to make an appointment, waiting times depend on the hospital, the shortest was in a weeks time but since I wanted the hospital I work at the wait was 4 weeks. At my appointment the derm agreed to put me on it and sent me for bloods. Exactly a week later (yesterday) I had a follow up, got my bloods back, had a pregnancy test and got my prescription.

So from referral to prescription was 5.5 weeks for me, but it could have been 2.5 weeks if I had chosen a different hospital. I think the nhs very much depends where u live, in my area (Kent) my GP said dermatology like to see patients quickly.

i wish my doctor could would of told me i could see which hospital had the earliest appointments... ended up waiting like 3 months... :/



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:46 PM

It took me only 2 weeks and I'm in the Midlands. But I'm only 14 so I got referred faster:(