I was wondering if anyone else has been refused a rescue pack by their surgery ? My surgery now has a new policy in that they do not issue rescue packs because patients are taking Antibiotics when there not needed & will end up being immune.Recently I started another chest infection, I had to ring the surgery to get an appointment with a doctor, I had a phone appointment, short story it took 3 days to finally get the antibiotics & by which time I was really poorly.
I spoke to my Consultant 's Secretary & explained the situation, she rang my surgery & spoke to a Doctor, who explained their new policy.
I've got an appointment with my Consultant tomorrow & see if he can help me.
I am really upset by this, I only take meds when I really need to !!!
That seems to me to be a ridiculously short sighted approach. People like us with dodgy lungs tend to brew infections far more easily than the average healthy lunged person, and need antibiotics more often than not to clear the infection.
You tend to become used to feeling the signs that what was a bit of a viral chesty cough has moved into being an infection, and no amount of ‘waiting to see’ will clear that.
By starting treatment quickly it can stop that from becoming a potentially more serious infection needing IV antibiotics and hospital admission - whilst there’s usually a request that you inform the respiratory nurse/ GP of your action.
It may be that there have been some patients at your Surgery who have self-medicated unnecessarily, but perhaps they should be able to have quicker access to medical advice - for yourself being left for several days before commencing antibiotics has been problematic. Prior to having medications to take as needed I’ve left it too long twice and needed hospital treatment, whereas by being able to initiate antibiotic treatment myself no further medical treatment has been needed for four years now.
I’d be interested to hear what your Consultant says.
wow how sad to hear any Gp say no rescue pack, hope you will able to receive your rescue packs from your consultant he should be able to help you with this situation. Insisting on a Gp to visit you at home he should be able to send any prescriptions to your local chemist & providing your register with chemist they may deliver to your home OR look for another GP surgery to change Drs. Hope you will soon be sorted out .