Post menopausal bleeding

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I'm 64 and had my last period over 20 years ago. For the last 2 days I've had some vaginal bleeding. I explained the problem to the receptionist but can't get an appointment to see a GP for 2 weeks and would have to wait 5 weeks to see my own GP. I'm been taking HRT for over 20 years. Everything I read on the web about post menopausal bleeding states to see a GP urgetly. Should my GP be fitting me in more urgently?

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    Hi, Jill,

    Sorry to learn you're going through this.  I agree that you should be seen sooner, rather than later! 

    I suggest you call your gp's office and ask for a referral to a gyn, call that gyn and ask how soon you can book an appointment. I went to see my gp earlier in the year because of post menopausal bleeding, and she told me she would send me for an ultrasound and then possibly refer me to a gyn, depending on what the ultrasound revealed.

    It occurred to me that if I waited for the ultrasound results, which meant scheduling another appointment with my gp, I would probably then be referred to a gyn, which would entail another wait.  So, I called and insisted on a referral to a gyn. The gyn scheduled the ultrasound.  I figure I cut out at least a couple of weeks of waiting to see who I needed to see.

    If you are dealing with this type of situation, you need help asap, not at someone else's convenience!

    Best of luck, and let me know how you do!

         

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    I agree with Lynda. Keep asking to be seen as soon as possible. I read in many articles that you should be seen urgently if that happens. Hope all goes well and they see u very soon. Don't give up, you deserve better care. Receptionist does not have the education to decide how urgent the issue is.

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    I also agree with Lynda and Notsure. In my GP practice you can phone up first thing in the morning and ask for an urgent appointment that day. You can't choose your time or the GP you see but at least it happens immediately. Don't know if it's the same for you but if so I would do that. Or, ask for a phone call with your own GP - that's what I did and she referred me without seeing me for a transvaginal ultrasound. Sadly, in the NHS (are you UK based?) nowadays you have to take charge of your own healthcare otherwise you fall through the cracks. 

    Let us know how you get on and if you need any more support.

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    Hi Jill. sorry you are having such difficulty in a justified reason to a gp urgently. most gp surgeries either have a duty doctor last few hours of day (where you go up to surgery & wait your turn) or if you ring at 8.30am you can see the "emergency" doctor same day.  so you probably won't be able to see your own gp (my surgery is the same if i want to see my own gp-weeks later for an appt) i would try ringing again & say you need to see "a" doctor urgently, & hopefully they will give you some sort of same day appointment or tell you to go up & wait to see duty doc. if you don't get any joy - ask to speak to the practice manager & say there must be some provision if you need to be seen urgently.  x

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    Definitely. Go back or go to A&E. It can't be normal can it?

    Good luck with it Jill, let us know how it goes.

    All the best to you.

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    Thanks for all your responses. I rang my GP practice again this morning and the duty doctor rang me back. He arranged for me to see my own GP this afternoon. She has referred me to a gynaecologist to be seen within 2 weeks. I also had urgent blood tests. I have suggested to the practice that the original receptionist requires more training. My GP also told me not to worry as in her experience a serious diagnosis is rare.
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    Good for you Jill.  Do keep us posted. X
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