NHS system is a total shambles...... My dad is in hospital and I requested one of the nursing team to ask GP to get dad's Vitamin D test done as his levels were low last year and I found his tablets in cupboard whilst cleaning them out so looks as if he hasn't been taking them. I did ask last year if they could be added to his blister pack but was told NO!!
So I rang last week to get result and I was told that it hadn't been done and I can't request nurse to do test and I should call Mintlaw Surgery. So I called surgery and told them that dad was in hospital and I would like his GP to arrange a Vitamin D test. Receptionist asked can your dad make it to surgery and I said NO he is in hospital and she replied so why are you ringing surgery. So I explained that I had asked one of the nurses at hospital to ask GP to do test.............. aaaargh.......... losing the will to live. She said she would speak to GP.
GP called and left message to say that he had checked dad's notes and yes his Vitamin D level was low and that he would get a blood test done on Mon 18th. Asked tonight what dad's Vit D result was and told that they only do Vit D tests once a year and because dad had his last test in Aug 2012 they wouldn't do it....... WTF ...... so someone of nearly 86 years of age who has forgotten to take his meds doesn't get checked at least every 3 months............ Just fired off another email to GP........
My brother got a call from hospital yesterday to ask if it was ok to do a brain scan on dad to check for alzheimers!!! So they can do a brain scan but NOT a simple Vit D test. My dad's symptoms....... early signs of alzheimers, falls, cognitive impairment, postural problems, irratibility, muscle / joint pain........ all symptoms of low Vit D. I honestly feel very sorry for elderly people who have no one to fight their corner!!!!
My dad and myself have underactive thyroid......... I also have PBC...... and all this stress doesn't help me....... I just get more stressed!! x