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 Post subject: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:12 am 
Had to call a dentist yesterday, bit of a prob. Got an appointment for the 7 June :-o . When I told my sister she was gobsmacked, she said for her in two weeks she could get to see the dentist normally - if urgent one week, perhaps before.

Put this on FB and a cousin (not in France) said if on some plan or other dentist tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:16 am 
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I phoned for a normal checkup appointment and was offered one within several days Balham. Maybe your dentist is just very busy at the moment or has too many clients on his books, or maybe he is going on holiday. Don't forget that May has a lot of public holidays, and on days where people are taking 'ponts' too, so there aren't actually that many working days in May.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:31 am 
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That's still bad though, if a patient is in pain/has a dental problem. There should be someone as a back-up. If that dentist goes on holiday, what do people do? Put their dental problems on hold?

Lay it on thick Balham, the service should be better than that. Tell 'em you're in agony!

Even if a dentist is busy, they should allow for emergency appointments... :-?

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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:16 am 
I would say that a wait like that is pretty normal around here, regardless of the time of year.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:22 am 
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Dentists get temporarily laid off by CPAM from time to time when they exceed their "allocation" of SS fees over a rolling 12 months. I had a dentist as a pupil years ago who had to take enforced holidays on a regular basis.

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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:19 am 
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Last year, I developed a raving toothache, being new to this district I drove into Eymet to find a dentist.
In the first practice which I found they were very busy and didn't want to know, the second, just the dentist on his own and also busy said please wait and I will fit you in.
Half an hour later, between people with appointments, I was in his chair getting the offending tooth stopped, needless to say I have since become a new permanent patent of his.

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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:55 am 
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Loadsadentists here Balham.. :D
http://www.allo-medecins.fr/Poitiers-86000/dentiste/
There must be one at that list who can take you before June..?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:36 am 
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Balham wrote:
Had to call a dentist yesterday, bit of a prob. Got an appointment for the 7 June :-o . When I told my sister she was gobsmacked, she said for her in two weeks she could get to see the dentist normally - if urgent one week, perhaps before.

Put this on FB and a cousin (not in France) said if on some plan or other dentist tomorrow.

Cousin may be talking about "Dental Plan", which is in effect a private patient insurance.
Not cheap by any means, but in my case it is money well spent and provides emergency cover worldwide.

Very rarely need to wait longer than 24 hours (within UK), for an urgent appointment.

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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:59 am 
Thanks Piperade, but they're in Poitiers, I'm not.

Denplan is the thing my cousin mentioned on FB.

Denplan website. Think I'll have a look at that.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:26 am 
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Balham wrote:
Thanks Piperade, but they're in Poitiers, I'm not.

Denplan is the thing my cousin mentioned on FB.

Denplan website. Think I'll have a look at that.

Yes Denplan is the one, not Dental Plan!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Balham wrote:
Thanks Piperade, but they're in Poitiers, I'm not.

One of these must be near you then?
http://www.allo-medecins.fr/86-Vienne/

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Returned to work after Easter and asked one of my colleagues if she had had a good weekend. No. Dental problems but she had rung the dentist and had an appointment "demain".

The next day I asked her how the visit had gone and she explained that what I had heard as "demain" was in fact "deux mai".

The alternative is a visit to the hospital - essentially they just do extractions to solve all problems.

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 Post subject: Re: How Long?!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:30 pm 
Piperade wrote:
One of these must be near you then?
http://www.allo-medecins.fr/86-Vienne/


Oh there are one or two there but from the experiences have had :( .


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