Hi, I am a father bringing up four children as full time primary carer and have been doing this now for over ten years. My 10 year old son has had asthma since he was small and we have always managed his symptoms very well only ever needing one acute vist to our GP in the last seven years. About three years ago we moved house and had to register with a new GP and asthma nurse. Whereas our previous nurse was brilliant, supportive and respected by myself and my son, the new nurse is patronising, unhelpful, inconsistent in her advice and seems to go out of her way to denigrate me as a father/primary carer, despite my best efforts to appease her a develop a constructive relationship. The result of this is that I have put off appointments as long as possible leaving them to the minimum. Sadly she is also my sons school nurse.
After leaving our appointment as long as possible it has now reached almost a year and I must return to get my prescription renewed. I am also worried (as I was previously a manger with social services) that my reluctance to keep appointments could be used against me and taken as evidence of neglect by a wilful individual so inclined and the nurse would seem to fit this profile.
My question is, what can I do ? Must I keep seeing this unhelpful nurse or can a request an appointment with my GP instead ? How should I go about this ?
I wonder if there is anybosy reading who has had a similar experience ?