I have had quite bad asthma since being a toddler and also have life threatening allergies for which I carry an epi pen.
My current medication for asthma is seretide and salbutamol. I have regularly attended hospital to be placed on a nebuliser and courses of steroid tablets.
Last year my GP practice kept refusing my repeat prescriptions for salbutamol and to cut a long story short I ended up having a heated discussion with the practice manager. Since then I've been limited to one prescription a month (I get 2 salbutamol per prescription). That's been fine until I'm down to my last inhaler and I'm unable to order another until the calender month has finished or I lose an inhaler.
Last week I ordered my repeat prescription (the last was at the end of April) I was then told I needed to see the asthma nurse before another would be prescribed. I then saw the nurse AGAIN! But when I went to collect the inhalers from the chemist I was told the script hadn't been sent. Back to the surgery I go and have to see another asthma nurse later in the day (I physically have no inhalers at this point and had been up all night the previous night with a mild attack) I explained everything to the nurse who remembered me from a previous visit and she couldn't understand the issue. She prescribed the salbutamol and away I went.
When I got to the chemist the prescription was for just one inhaler rather than the standard 2 I have had since childhood. Back to the surgery yet again and I'm informed that I'm now only allowed one at a time.
My asthma is always worse in summer and even neighbours cutting their grass triggers an attack to the point where I've had an ambulance blue light me to hospital. I have allergies to so many different foods and I also have panic attacks which feel like asthma attacks so i use my inhaler (rightly or wrongly).
I'm really stressed about the whole situation because I don't think having life saving medication when I need it is unreasonable. I've told the surgery that I need it and also said if they don't prescribe it i will have to keep visiting A&E - wasting way more NHS money than necessary.
I pay for my prescriptions so I'm not going to waste money paying for things I don't need.
I'm after a bit of advice really as to where to go from here. I'm thinking I should submit a formal complaint but will it be taken as seriously as it should be. I'm not being melodramatic when I say that if they are doing this to other patients too they'll have a death on their hands soon.