This may come across as a bit of a moan but I am really running round the circles here. So, any advice is really appreciated.

I was not well last week and could not arrange to speak to my GP (this is not a first time this has happened and I am thinking of changing my GP as I should be able to get hold of a doctor when I am unwell), so I went to my local walk-in centre. I told the doctor there that I have been short of breath, wheezy and having chest pains. I was prescribed a course of antibiotics and told to go for an xray should the antibiotics not help. Well, the antibiotics have not been really improving things for for the past 4 days, in fact I started feeling worse!

I contacted my asthma team this morning and was told that yes, I should have an xray and I should go to my local a&e and ask for it. So, off I went to a&e, told them that I have been sent for an xray due to ongoing symptoms and concerns of spreading infection and what did I get? I was examined, put into a cubical, told that I need a steroid injection and nebs but there is no need for an xray because it is only asthma even thought I told them that I do not think it is asthma and I have certainly some infection.. an a&e doctor then told me that a chicken soup is good for me if I have any infection symptoms. Lol, simply no comments.

I got what I did not want and did not get what I wanted. So, I was thinking should I go back to my GP for the xray referral? I really start loosing faith in nhs sometimes.

5 Replies

  • jabby, if you have an infection wouldn`t the antibiotics have worked?

    hope you feel better soon

  • It's a LONG time since I was referred for an x-ray, but I kind of remember being given a form by my GP, which I had to take directly to the x-ray department (of course, that might be because our local hospital no loniger has an A&E department, but that's a different rant entirely) so there was no opportunity for an enthusiast to hijack me.

    If you're worried, go back to your GP and ask for direct access to the x-ray department.

  • thank you for your replies. I have unfortunately ended up at different a&e today, have had an xray and indeed have a chest infection:-( was changed the antibiotics, given other meds too and hope this will do a trick. Wanted to keep me in for few days but I decided not to stay - i hope I can get better at home.

  • Arch, you poor thing. It's a major bugbear of mine that a&e's don't listen to people with asthma (although I suppose it happens with other chronic conditions too). I have actually totally given up on my local hospital because of it. It's so frustrating. I hope you start feeling better soon! I'm sure I'm talking to the converted but remember to take it easy!! Lots of lying in bed with DVDs!

  • Hope you feel better soon

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