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Does your Doctor send out a text message regarding each appointment, and requiring an answer?

Do you find this helpful or annoying?

#Dr appointment
#Text message
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Yes, all my doctors seem to do this now apart from one specialist that I go to regularly.
I no longer reply as I find it SO annoying to always get a phone call or a text.
Also asking for a reply is ludicrous - I guess some people must not show up but all the doctors are so booked out, I can't see the difference if a few don't turn up!

I find this a MOST annoying thing - I write down everything in a diary and do not forget, and if someone has a bad memory, surely they would write things down? Grrr
by Finy
No. Mine are clearly behind the times !
aren't you lucky!
by Finy
:) I think mine are still living in the 80s #simplertimes lol
I think it is just wonderful!

In our busy lives, or even as we get older and do at times forget...

Helpful in every way.
Yes, we are on Health Engine. We make our appointments online, and get a reminder. I think it is the best idea ever. I usually remember, and I write it down straight away. There are plenty of people, who for whatever reason, do forget. It is annoying for staff and the doctors to have a 30 minute timeslot free, when they could be seeing people. I seem to get reminders for everything, not just doctors. It may be annoying to get them all the time, but I can understand why they do it. It is not just for our benefit, but for theirs too. They could give your timeslot to someone else, if you do not respond.
Yes I do and I like it
by AJ
No he doesn't. The receptionist gives an appointment card.
Yes, all my specialists except one does as he says he doesn't like them - he is quite amusing! I like them even though I write the dates down.
I did receive a text message the other day requesting I ring and change my appointment as the specialist was going away on holidays. Surely they could have just rung me?!
I have my gynocologist, they tend to send out sms, which I don't think is a bad idea.
No, none of my medical team do this.If on a rare occasion, an appointment needs to changed due to my doctors having to do something unexpected, I always get a real phone call!!
Ooooh! I tell a little fib! Some of the doctors WILL send sms or text messages, IF the patient opts for this service. I could not be bothered.As soon as I know the appointment I put it onto my calendar!
All my specialist appointments are confirmed via SMS. Some require a response, others don't. My dentist phones but the podiatrist requires a SMS response.
No, I can't read texts, but we just go to a local medical centre, if we need a Dr. Most of these centres are just 'walk in' appointments, but the closest 1 to our place makes you make an appointment 1st!
by Miro
Our dentist does ring us for our appointments & the Blood Bank emails me a reminder for my blood donation.
by Miro
My old one did but it also used to take 2 - 3 weeks to be able to get an appointment so you'd need the reminder.
Now I've moved "rurally" I have no problem getting in to the Dr whenever I want. One day my husband phoned them and they even said "you can have an appointment in 10 minutes if you like". The joys of country living!
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