Just wondered if any of those out there who have more experience with seeing doctors can give some advice on etiquette. I got a referral to the hospital chest clinic last autumn, and was seeing a nice registrar (yes, did actually get to see the same person several times in a row) and felt I was starting to get somewhere. Then in March saw the head honcho consultant, who discharged me back to GP. Four months, three ordinary splats and one hossie admission later (and still on the pred), Iâ€™m due back at his clinic for the post admission review in six weeks. I would much rather go back to seeing his registrar. A) he knows me already so wouldnâ€™t have to start from scratch B) I feel I can actually trust the registrar, who seemed at least half human (unlike most docs Iâ€™ve met, sorry to all the medical type people out there, yes I do have a problem with authority figures!).
So, is it possible to ask to see a registrar, or do I just have to take pot luck with whoever is around on the day of the clinic? Is it likely that the same reg will still be there, or do they move around? If I did ask would it be a huge breach of etiquette and upset the consultant?
Also, while Iâ€™m on the topic of doctors, does anyone have any ideas about whether it is possible to get respiratory docs to talk to ENT docs? I suppose Iâ€™d have to get my GP to refer me separately? Iâ€™ve mentioned nose/sinus probs to every doc Iâ€™ve seen (and you seem to get to see an awful lot when youâ€™re an in patient, all asking the same questions), and how I think it is making the asthma worse. Some say â€˜weâ€™ll get that checked outâ€™, others say â€˜if we get the asthma right they nose probs will goâ€™ and others say â€˜not relatedâ€™. Not sure if it is something I should push.
I know I donâ€™t deal well with doctors, and Iâ€™m getting nervous about this already â€“ so even any ideas about how to get the best out of doctors would be useful!
thanks for any advice!