When you are not feeling well or your child is ill, the last thing you want is to wait for an appointment. Or, if all else fails, be forced into attending the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of people have very little choice but to wait until their symptoms are severe enough to justify a visit to A&E because appointments at local GP surgeries are rarer than unicorns. So is there any benefit to using a walk-in clinic instead?
Walk-in clinics are like any other GP surgery. You can book a consultation with a doctor or nurse, have your symptoms addressed, and be treated for whatever ails you. Private walk-in clinics offer same day care and routine appointments in a range of different clinics, exactly as you would expect to find in an NHS GP surgery. This means you can attend a walk-in clinic for travel vaccinations, sexual health services, Well Woman, or even an employment medical.
A Local Service for the Local Community
Private healthcare walk-in clinics are extremely convenient. Most clinics are located in the heart of the community, so you won’t have to travel very far to enjoy excellent healthcare. This is ideal if you can’t afford to take time off from your job to attend a medical appointment or you are visiting the area and can’t travel home to your regular GP. Instead you can drop in or make an appointment at a time that suits you. So for busy professionals or travellers, a walk-in clinic is the best place to have any health related issues dealt with.
The biggest problem many people face when they want to see their GP is that appointments are hard to get. Most NHS GP surgeries are understaffed and GPs are woefully overworked. It is not unusual to have to wait for several weeks for a routine appointment, which is unlikely to be at a time convenient to you. And if you need an urgent same-day appointment, you may as well just head straight to A&E because you will be seen quicker.
Private walk-in clinics take the stress out of making healthcare appointments. Instead of spending an inordinate amount of time on the telephone desperately trying to get an appointment, you can ring up and make an appointment that fits in with your schedule. You can also call in without making an appointment if you need more urgent treatment.
Private healthcare walk-in clinics are staffed by qualified clinicians. The private healthcare sector is tightly regulated by the Care Quality Commission, so any clinician you see will be highly experienced and more than capable of dealing with your problem. And if they feel you would benefit from a referral to a specialist consultant, this can be arranged, too.
Instead of struggling to get an appointment to see your NHS GP, make an appointment at your local walk in GP clinic instead. The service is a lot more convenient and if you would rather not wait to be seen, this could be a much better option for you and your family.