Why can’t I just book an appointment to see my GP?

Why can’t I just book an appointment to see my GP? This and its related question, “Why can’t I see a GP”, are clearly at the forefront of all of our minds at present and are often in the Press. We’d like to help address these valid questions by sharing some information and insights into

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Advocacy Services

An advocate is a person who speaks up for you, acts on your behalf and, where required, puts forward your case for you .

They are:

  • independent of Social Services and the NHS
  • not a member of your family or one of your friends

An advocate’s role includes arguing your case when you need them to, and making sure health and social care services follow the correct procedures.

They are independent, so they represent your wishes without giving their personal opinion and without representing the views of the NHS or local authority.

An advocate might help you get information or go with you to meetings or interviews to support you.

Your advocate can also write letters on your behalf, or speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.

Find an Advocate

Advocacy Services help people – particularly the most vulnerable in society – to:

  • access information and services
  • be involved in decisions about their lives
  • explore choices and options
  • defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
  • speak out about issues that matter to them

South West Advocacy Network (swanadvocacy.org.uk)

South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) is a charity specialising in delivering independent advocacy.

Our Pan Dorset Advocacy Service is independent, free at the point of delivery, confidential and non-judgement.

Contact us

Tel: 03333 447928

Email: [email protected]

Address: South West Advocacy Network Pan Dorset Advocacy Service. c/o Hi Point, Thomas street, taunton, Somerset, TA26HB

For more information please go to: www.swanadvocacy.org.uk/dorset