Wonder if anyone else has had this sort of experience. I was recently referred to the gastroenterology dept at my local hospital, as my IBS and diverticular disease were getting SO bad - even my sister, not famous for her sympathy was urging me to go back to the doc . Saw the consultant from Hell - the first thing he said when I'd sat down was "You're rather an anxious sort of person?" Uh, yeah, but I'm here about my bowels????? He didn't listen to a word i said, couldn't spell my name right (it's not that difficult!) asked questions but didn't wait for the answer, misunderstood what i did say, and obviously wanted me out of his consulting room ASAP! I thought of complaining at the time, but Life etc got in the way.
Yesterday, got my copy of his letter to my GP - won't bore you with all of it, but it would have been quicker if he'd just written "This woman is a nutcase and it's all her own fault!" - saved the NHS a lot of money!!! For instance, I said I often have the Belvita Breakfast Biscuits for breakfast - but not a "proper" cereal, he said. I tried to explain that these ARE a "proper" cereal, just in biscuit form - he quite obviously didn't believe/understand me, and wrote to my GP that i have a "breakfast bar" for breakfast! Oh, and a "brown sandwich" - I have NO idea what a "brown sandwich" is. And I "admitted" to being "food phobic" - i didn't "admit" to it - wasn't aware being food phobic was a crime, a sin or a fault to which one had to "admit" - I stated i was food phobic - as a result of the IBS!!!! And he told my GP that, when told i might have to have an endoscopy - eg swallow a camera - I wasn't very keen on the idea! Is anyone?????
I am complaining to the PALS service, as he treated me with complete contempt, obviously thought I was nuts/attention-seeking - and ALL because I have the misfortune to have suffered MH problems. Would he have done the same if i were diabetic, or had some other chronic condition? Of course he wouldn't! I did'nt ASK to suffer from GAD/panic attacks - and I STRENUOUSLY object to being (not so subtly) "blamed" for it.