I have really severe asthma and I'm seen at a tertiary centre, which is quite far away from where I live (about 50mins). I also have a local hospital which is about 10 mins away and one a bit further that is about 30 mins away. I am most often admitted to my tertiary centre, then the hospital that is 30 mins away and most rarely the one that is 10 mins away.
When I have been admitted to the closest hospital, it has been really harrowing. There isn't an asthma consultant or nurse there, although there is a resp doctor. But he keeps trying to change my meds and ignoring my asthma plan. He also doesn't seem to understand that I often don't wheeze, that I am a CO2 retainer and can deteriorate very quickly and discharges me early. As a result I end up bouncing back in. It's also makes me anxious to be admitted to different places all the time. I was wondering if anybody has any experience of asking paramedics to take them to a hospital that is further away from their local? Obviously in an emergency, I wouldn't expect them to take me to the tertiary hospital and if it was really bad, I'd go to the closest one. But I'd prefer to go to the one that's about 30 mins away and who know me better. Does anybody have any experience of this? Is it generally something that is OK to ask for/something that paramedics will do?