Tablet change to A & E

As some may have seen my post healthunlocked.com/blf/post...

I called my heart doc again after getting the run around trying to speak to my lung doc. To get a call back from the Matron/Specialist I fully explained that I was in a mess felling lousy and tachycardic and breathing a little worse, not even a smidge improved! Once I had spilled the beans she asked what my GP has said and once I told her "They refused to change a thing!" She said "They should of at least got in touch with the lung man and said what was happening to you?" She explained that the heart doc would not of looked at the drug that was changed with your heart history! It may help the passage of the lung drug but will not help the heart problems I have. If the tachycardia has not settled after nearly 3 weeks it is not going to without help. She said I cannot tell you to change as we have not seen you for a bit. But if you go to A & E this may get something moving?

So today we prepared for the A&E plenty of bottled water loose clothes and prepared mind. We are not far from our A&E so we parked up and went to the reception. Pleasant lady asked what is wrong and confirmed I was the person that I was, told my wife an I to gel our hands and sit down and wait.

Waiting room was not that busy but it stated on a led sign 1 hour Wait! Well that would be nice I thought but to be fair 45 mins and I was called in to the triage. As I was going though the story of my lung doc changing my heart doc's tablets and the affect it has had on my heart, breathing and general well being.

She then went onto my conditions. Once we got near to the bottom of her paper she slapped the BP machine on and oxymeter. Scribbled the numbers down and said we do not change consultant tablets here either but I need to speak to a doctor. Couple of minutes later I was ushered into the back door of triage and asked to lie on the bed. Stickers attached to my legs arms and chest and a ECG taken. Off they go machine and sister but a lovely cup of tea offered by the tea trolley man to us both.

Not many minutes and a doctor came in and went though my conditions again but wanted treatments and problems. He was a man of few words but once we got though that stage of interrogation he said you have a proper medical book of problems! I want to take some bloods and listen to your chest. I would go to him any day for the blood letting great job. Off he goes and we sit looking at the walls for another nurse with a wheel chair to take me to Xray? I said I can walk? No you are not walking anywhere? Once we did the trip I am glad I did not walk ;) I was in and out and wheeled back and wired up for another ECG.

We were called into another room were the doctor explained that there is nothing there that they would not of expected to see except you blood pressure is a little to high? But I have booked you into the heart clinic and made the lung clinic aware that you are not doing well with these tablets. It will be a case of the two of them arguing their case but as you have said you did not feel this unwell with the heart tablets as there were? They will have to be a compromise somewhere?

I just have to wait for a phone call on Monday for the time they can see me. Hopefully this is progress?

Be Well

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  • well done- you're getting there !! patience is a virtue etc...!!

  • It was more frustration ;)

  • Offcut, may the force be with you. Stay strong

  • Thank you

  • I certainly hope so. It sounds like a reassuring trip as you were listened to seriously and given the full once over. Although we all have to and do take responsibility for our own health care there is no excuse for medics abdicating their role either. This sounds as though you found a person/team willing to take the burden of pushing for proper care (at least for a short while) and when you're exhausted with the effort it is such a relief,

    I hope that the follow up matches the care you have been shown today. Best wishes on getting good treatment you have so much to deal with I am often at a loss to say to help. This sounds positive and like you are making progress.

    Jo

    x

  • It does seem that with multi conditions each specialist is not looking outside their own field but by doing this they do not take in what it does to the person in front of them?

  • Oh dear Offcut, poor you, at least you were listened to this time and hopefully can get some answers Monday. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey.

    Brenda

  • You are so right. A&E could not of done any more than they did and all respect to them for it. My only thoughts are why the GP could not of done this when I went to him with my concerns and issues. It just got to the point I was fed up of all sides not willing to look at an answer and expect me to go along with it no matter how I was feeling?

  • I know where you are coming from, I am fed up with being treated like a moron that knows nothing, we all know our own bodies and whether we feel better or worse with what is prescribed to us. The NHS is a wonderful institution and in the main cannot be faulted in an emergency but I do find they don't seem to have the time during appointments to actually listen to what we are saying.

    B

  • You are right. I thought that was what G.Ps were for. Still you do at least seem have got somewhere with the A and E crew. My fingers and toes are crossed for the rest of your treatment. X

  • It seems my practice have non interference policy with anything a consultant says? They also seem to have a no test policy wherever possible it took me 2 years to get a Spirometry test and this was after I found I had worked with asbestos for over 10 years!

  • Here's hoping you get some joy for all your efforts. It is really not good enough how you have been treated. Fingers crossed that something happens now to relieve your problems.

    Dee.

  • Got a call today they want to see me in Ambulatory care unit on Weds so see where that goes.

  • I'm really pleased you pushed this and actively managed your health. Great news!

  • Thank you

  • Well done, you really shouldn't have had to go through all this. This is the problem with specialization but that is no excuse for the lack of action by your GP.

    Has you GP practice got a complaints procedure and or a patient liaison person or group? Has your region got a HealthWatch council? They can be very helpful. Worth checking out this site, if you don't already know of it. Here in Devon we have a very active local group.

    healthwatch.co.uk

    I do hope this is the start of a little bit of joined-up-ness for you, best wishes he's CD

  • Ambulatory care unit this weds so will see how they deal with it from there?

  • Sounds like a 'step' in the right direction :-)

    Seriously hope all goes well and treatment keeps progressing.

    Jo

  • I will find out on weds

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