a couple of weeks ago as part of my ongoing attempts to get some sense out of the medical profession, I went into my GP's surgery and talked to the practice manager and asked them to provide me some kind of explanation as to why 3 years ago they had brought up the subject of my cholesterol when I'd only gone in with a skin infection - thereby triggering 3 years of complete stress mixed with farce from my point of view.
I had - wrongly as it turns out - assumed that a trainee GP I saw just saw my cholesterol result in a general test my GP had taken to find out if there was anything causing the repeated skin infections and decided to bring the subject up. It now turns out that actually the GP had - for reasons best known to herself - just decided to order a cholesterol test completely without my consent because I had had one (that I had consented to) three years previously and she thought it would be ok! A friend who works for the GMC complaints department has confirmed that although this isn't striking off territory, it's definitely not an ok thing to do. Patients are supposed to give fully informed consent to any treatment.
I'm dumbfounded really. How can any doctor think this is ok? They obviously realise it isn't now, and I have been offered a meeting with the GP to discuss it. I've asked for a written summary of their response beforehand so that I can prepare the issues I wish to discuss.
But I would really prefer that they had just left me alone, and not raised the subject of cholesterol with me. I don't want to take statins - which I said to the trainee GP, so what is the point? It just causes stress and anxiety.
The most positive outcome I can have from this is at least use the meeting to press this home and hopefully spare anyone else from a similar outcome. But I'm just amazed they a)did this and b)admitted to it and then tried to defend it.