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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Nov 30, 2021 9:36:50 AM
Is it morally acceptable to lie in order to get an emergency nhs dentist appointment?

We're not registered with a dentist because we moved and there's a several year waiting list.

A few weeks ago one of my fillings came out and I was able to get an emergency appointment to get it replaced.

Now the replacement has come loose. But according to the nurse who allocates emergency appointments, I can't have an emergency appointment unless I'm in enough pain to at least take paracetamol. Which I'm not. But I'm loathe to wait until I am because what it it suddenly goes from no significant pain to lots of pain

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GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2021 09:38:02 (#1 of 20)

I think the nurse was kind of hinting that I should ring back and say I'm in pain to be honest

quartus - 30 Nov 2021 09:50:38 (#2 of 20)

To be honest?

Bodgit - 30 Nov 2021 09:57:22 (#3 of 20)

You’ll need an emergency appointment at some point so might as well get it now. Lie away.

Bodgit - 30 Nov 2021 09:57:53 (#4 of 20)

Or just take a paracetamol. Then no lie required.

CaptainBlack - 30 Nov 2021 10:05:40 (#5 of 20)

I have to drive 10 miles across town to get to an NHS dentist. I fully expect to have to do this to see a doctor in the near future.

GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2021 10:09:05 (#6 of 20)

10 miles? I have to travel an unspecified number of years into the future

Moschops - 30 Nov 2021 10:11:06 (#7 of 20)

I would like and get the appointment. I waited after a BIG filling fell out, and now I'm having to get the tooth extracted at hospital.

Tenesmus - 30 Nov 2021 10:43:40 (#8 of 20)

Can you afford to have it done privately?

GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2021 10:46:38 (#9 of 20)

I guess so, but I feel like if I do that I may as well go and live in the US and buy a load of guns and stuff. Paying my way to the front of the queue actually feels worse than lying my way to the front. At least lying is something everyone can do equally

cozzer - 30 Nov 2021 10:51:21 (#10 of 20)

I would like and get the appointment

Would you like it though?

Tenesmus - 30 Nov 2021 10:53:46 (#11 of 20)

equally

Not really. You can lie knowing that if you're not very good at it you can always unscrew your wallet, or lie knowing that if you're not very good at it you have to keep lying until you get better at it because you've no choice.

ReverendBlueJeans - 30 Nov 2021 10:55:58 (#12 of 20)

At least lying is something everyone can do equally

But not equally well.

GyratingTrampoline - 30 Nov 2021 11:01:55 (#13 of 20)

I don't think this situation requires being good at it. The nurse on the other end of the telephone isn't going to assess my plausibility, she will give me an appointment or not depending on whether I say I am taking painkillers. She told me as much herself

Tenesmus - 30 Nov 2021 13:41:56 (#14 of 20)

Do it then. Your BAFTA awaits...

tasselhoff - 30 Nov 2021 13:43:59 (#15 of 20)

Yeah. It seems pretty much that you've answered this yourself.

Tenesmus - 02 Dec 2021 00:48:23 (#16 of 20)

<fuzzy reverie about mythical NHS dentists>

Antimatter - 02 Dec 2021 00:51:52 (#17 of 20)

Dentists are a bunch of cunts. Lie like no-one is watching.

Ginmonkey - 02 Dec 2021 07:23:46 (#18 of 20)

If your dentist offers both private and NHS treatments, as many do, I'm not sure going private will get you an appointment any quicker.

If you can find a fully private dentist that can give you a quicker appointment I say go for it, no point matyring yourself for the sake of a political point.

Loads of us mix private and NHS dental care becuase the NHS doesn't offer a number of treatments - for example I have to go private for hygienist appointments

Tenesmus - 02 Dec 2021 07:36:31 (#19 of 20)

Living down here has many rewards. NHS dentists don't tend to feature.

darkhorse - 04 Dec 2021 10:33:16 (#20 of 20)

f your dentist offers both private and NHS treatments, as many do, I'm not sure going private will get you an appointment any quicker.



Msdarkhorse was offered a sooner private appointment recently, so I think it is worth a go if urgent.

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