Brief summary as i don't want to continue my earlier post last month 'urgent advice needed' as urgent advice is not needed at present. My 3 year old son has had 4 lots of breathing attacks in the last 4 months - the last 3 requiring hospital admission overnight. On the first discharge he was told to reduce the salbutamol gradually until he was better. On the 2nd discharge they added two puffs of becotide continuesly. On 3rd discharge they doubled the dose of becotide and told me he needs to be referred to the respiratory clinic by my GP. Before the last attack i asked my gp to refer him to a specialist he refused saying that 10% of all children he sees suffer with asthma or related conditions and that the specialist cannot tell me anything more than he can. My GP received the letter recommending referal 2 weeks ago. I've been chasing it ever since. The gp rung asking to see my son in surgery.....i thought brilliant he'll then finally refer him. The gp asked me how he has been over the last week. I advised a runny nose 5 days ago - but has had coughs on and off. He asked if he was coughing at night, i replied no. He prescribed Salmeterol one puff at night if he starts coughing at night. I explained he doesn't suffer nighttime problems, only the night before an attack. He did not examine my son at all and said he looks well. He told me there was no need to refer him and gave me a leaflet about dustmite avoidance measures (which he gave me on my last visit when i asked for a referral) - he said the specialist cant tell me anything he cant - he did not request to see him again.
Sooooo......i'm angry that he did not refer me after the paediatric doctor requested it after his numerous attacks and admissions. So where do i go from here - my thoughts were to put a complaint to the practice manager as he doesn't seem to be taking it seriously, or ask for a second opinion from another GP at the practice. My colleague suggested contact MP if they still do nothing....any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I just do not want him to get ill again, end up in hospital before they do anything about it.