I had bronchitis in August and aggravated asthma and after the first course of antibiotics was sent for xray and blood tests and given a second course. Was told at the hospital it would be ten days for results. Inbetween time my condition worserned resulting in a trip to A&E. The staff there were excellent and told me to go directly to A&E next time as the results are instant and I can be given the correct meds without delay. I made sure I visited my GP within a week of the A&E and told her that A&E advised I should be referred to a chest clinic. Nothing happened.
On my November asthma review the nurse was sick so I saw one of the GPs. I printed off a copy of the asthma action plan to complete with her. She asked where I got it from. The attached is what she filled in and then gave it back to me and said it is for me to fill. I was on Seretide 125 and Ventolin. I am 60 years old, not senile, yet she made me feel like a naughty schoolgirl and constantly asked was I taking my meds. She then prescribed a spare emergency course of steroids and changed my preventer to Fostair in place of the Seretide without any explanation why. I have just started using the Fostair.
I still think a referral to a chest clinic would be beneficial but am now seriously thinking I need a new GP surgery.
Last thing - does anybody else have a problem getting an appointment within a day with their GP when their asthma worsens? Last time I was told a whole week. I think the receptionists at my surgery need educating on priority appointments for vulnerable people.