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#1 Manda88

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

Has anyone else had this or can explain to me why?


I've been placed in midwife care and haven't seen a doctor in 2 months. At my last appointment at the anntenatal clinic (at the hospital) I asked for a letter to confirm my pregnancy and due date so I can put in my maternity leave. No doctors were available at the time so the midwife advised me to see my GP (because I needed the letter before my next scheduled anntenatal appointment).


After waiting 1 and half hours to see the doctor, the GP has refused to provide a letter and told me to go back to the anntenatal clinic, because a doctor there had to do it.






#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

That sounds really odd. Did you ask the doctor why they wouldn't write the letter? Had the doctor seen you related to your pregnancy previously?

#3 Manda88

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

I did and she said it wasn't for her to write anntental letters, only doctors certificates. ???? But she couldn't explain the difference. When I argued with her she said "I understand but I'm still not writing a letter for you, go back to the hospital"

I hadn't seen this gp before (the gp I usually see is on annual leave until the end of February). But she had all of the information from my usual Gp in front of her plus my pregnancy health record from the hospital.

#4 Bazinga

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

I would assume the Dr wouldn't write the letter as he hasn't confirmed your pregnancy.

I would just call the midwives/hospital explain your situtation and ask for confirmation letter be sent to you.

Edited by Bazinga, 19 January 2013 - 11:53 AM.


#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (Bazinga @ 19/01/2013, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would assume the Dr wouldn't write the letter as she hasn't confirmed your pregnancy.

I would just call the midwives/hospital explain your situtation and ask for confirmation letter be sent to you.


I'm guessing that too.

Some Drs are sticklers for following the rules and some are more 'slap dash'.

I left a GP appointment in tears after the GP on duty wouldn't write me a backdated referral to my IVF clinic.  She was not allowed to back date referrals. Even if it was simply renewing an existing one.

Neither the IVF clinic nor I had realised my referral had run out - this mistake was going to cost me thousands and thousands of dollars, and force me to cancel a cycle.

I got home rang my normal GP's office in tears - had a phone call from her receptionist within the 1/2 hour to come and collect the copy of the referral she had waiting at the desk - they had already faxed it to my FS.

God bless her and her lax approach to rules!

#6 Manda88

Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

I just don't see the difference between a GP who hasn't see me during this pregnancy and a doctor at the hospital who hasn't seen me during this pregnancy, providing a letter to confirm I'm pregnant. It's not like I visited a new clinic, they have all of my information, test results, the works.

I'm just super frustrated more than anything because I'm going to have to book another appointment, another 2.5 hours out of my day to sit with the doctor for 15 mins.

#7 shanu

Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

Poor you! Thumbs down for the GP, of course she could have written you a letter, if she has access to all your files and the usual GP is unavailable, that seems completely silly. I would ring and speak to the practice manager and explain the situation, I am sure they could get another GP to write the letter, as all it really is is formality.

#8 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

I was given a 'due date' letter at my first antenatal appointment, without asking for it.

#9 lozoodle

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

How strange! Why wouldnt the antenatal clinic do it? They happily write mine for my maternity leave application for work, and are also giving me one saying im fit for work past 34 weeks so work let me work til 38.

#10 Sassy Dingo

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Could it be that normally letters for maternity leave need to specify an estimated due date? Mine certainly did.

While the Dr could confirm you are pregnant, further investigations could have been needed to provide a due date?

#11 Mousky

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

Surely your information is on file? Cant she look it up on the computer? Your blood test results, EDC and referal to the hospital would all be thete.  She sounds a bit precious. If I was you, id be calling up and asking for an explination.

#12 Boombox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

What a silly GP, if she has access to your blood results or uss confirming pregnancy she can write a letter. I'm a midwife and I do them most weeks.

#13 Manda88

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

Yes, my employer needs to know the due date, so I had to wait. The midwife at my last appointment didn't want to give me a letter without seeing the doctor first (I hadn't seen a doctor in a while so I thought that was reasonable). And as no doctors were available she said I could visit my GP. But to be refused a letter.....I was a little thrown back. Wasn't expecting at all. I had never heard of it happening to anyone else.

Oh well, not much I can do except book another appointment on Monday and book some leave off work I suppose.

Thanks ppl biggrin.gif

#14 Sassy Dingo

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

Could it be that normally letters for maternity leave need to specify an estimated due date? Mine certainly did.

While the Dr could confirm you are pregnant, further investigations could have been needed to provide a due date?

#15 Iwantitall

Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

I just got a medical cert that stated my expected date of confinement and work excepted that (and I work for the State Government so they loooove their paperwork lol)

#16 Mousky

Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

Any doctor would be able to calculate an estimated due date by looking at your blood test results and asking you the date of your last period (or just by date of last period). She sounds completely inept. I would steer clear if her in future. I certainly hope you didn't have to pay for the appointment.

#17 Koobie83

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

I've had my fair share of running into inept doctors when dealing with pregancy. You would think that given women get pregnant that it would be a fairly common experience for GP's to get some experience in? I had to go to another clinic (my GP works part time and is super expensive so for quick visits today I go to another clinic) and my usual GP there was away, so I saw another female doctor. My god. I was trying to tell her how i was feeling and all she wanted to go on about was my due date.

"We haven't got you down here as pregnant!"
"Um, well I saw Erin last week and I clearly am"
"Yes I can see that. When was your last period? Can you remember?"
"Scan said I'm due 29 April"
"Ok but the system here wants me to input this information on your last period to give me a due date"
... Can we talk about the reason I'm here?

That's stupid she didn't write you a medical certificate. All your employer would need surely is the letter head, words to the effect you are pregnant and due around ~~~ and the doctors signature and provider number. Surely?




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