NHS and GP issues

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by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:33 pm

I'm just wondering what to do if I feel I'm not being taken serious by my GP or the hospital?

I might be over thinking but I don't feel well in myself and haven't since October last year.

I've been to my GP 10 times since last October with 4 chest infections, an issue with my groin and lymph node and I developed a ringing in my ears that I've had since April.

I've been to hospital 4 times this year, twice for chest Xrays due to my chest infections, once as I was getting serve chest pains and got taken in an ambulance and one to see a specialist about the ringing in my ears who thinks it's because I'm run down.

I still like crap pretty much daily but when I visit my GP or hospital I mention all that happening but they always focus on why I'm there and don't seem to factor in my other symptoms.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I'm stressed out and that probably isn't helping.

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by Albear » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:38 pm

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by Sleighamorph » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:58 pm

If you don't want to complain to the local Hospital/GP surgery (understandable as you don't feel they're taking your concerns seriously) you can complain directly to NHS England (assuming you're in England)

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/complaint ... aints.aspx

I'm not 100% sure on this but I think you can go and see a private GP/consultant for a diagnosis but then still have your treatment on the NHS, so long as the consultant does both NHS and Private consultations.
Unfortunately a 15 minute private GP usually costs about £70-90 or £130-150 for half an hour. That also wouldn't include the cost of any private tests, but they may refer you for NHS tests just with a longer wait.

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by BID0 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:59 pm

change your diet to fresh foods
take time out of your day to focus on doing things you like/relax
see how you feel after a few weeks

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by Hyperion » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:03 pm

You have tinnitus

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:19 pm

Hyperion wrote:You have tinnitus


I asked about that but because my hearing test was above average the specialist didn't seem concerned and confirm the cause and didn't want to do any additional tests.

The ringing can be pretty intense last night it was so bad I got an hours sleep.

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by KK » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:24 pm

Have you tried an NHS walk-in centre?

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by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:29 pm

KK wrote:Have you tried an NHS walk-in centre?


Might be worth a try the nearest one is over 6 miles away though.

One thing I've considered is getting a full blood test, last time I had one in March my Vit D was low and supplements helped but again my GP when asked about a blood test feels another isn't needed.

I've found a private firm who do them for £59 and you get results in 3 days but unsure what I'm actually looking for.

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by KK » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:44 pm

I know this isn't always an option (nor should it be) but I had such a bad string of NHS dentists I finally had enough and went with BUPA. The difference in service and care was just night and day. It was disheartening to hear that my slightly crooked central incisor on the lower set could have easily been straightened at the time, whereas now it would have to be completely removed and screwed back in, but to hell with that.

Another alternative is to speak to a pharmacist. I have a Lloyds in my Sainsbury's and they're excellent just to talk to.

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by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:57 pm

KK wrote:I know this isn't always an option (nor should it be) but I had such a bad string of NHS dentists I finally had enough and went with BUPA. The difference in service and care was just night and day. It was disheartening to hear that my slightly crooked central incisor on the lower set could have easily been straightened at the time, whereas now it would have to be completely removed and screwed back in, but to hell with that.

Another alternative is to speak to a pharmacist. I have a Lloyds in my Sainsbury's and they're excellent just to talk to.


Thanks I might give Bupa a call we have a cash plan through work and get money towards things like prescriptions and hospital visits. I might see if we get money toward a consultation.

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by Prototype » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:33 pm

Have a wank.

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by Squinty » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:01 pm

Tinnitus is a bitch when you first get it. I rarely ever consciously hear the noises in my ears now.

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by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:03 pm

Squinty wrote:Tinnitus is a bitch when you first get it. I rarely ever consciously hear the noises in my ears now.


Do you normally have it in one ear or both?

When I first woke up with it back around Easter it was in both ears and was really overwhelming and now I have it everyday but its normally in one ear. It isn't always the same and can change ears also the sound can be like a buzz or sometimes it's like a chatter as it's not a single sound.

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by rinks » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:43 pm

Slayerx wrote:
KK wrote:Have you tried an NHS walk-in centre?


Might be worth a try the nearest one is over 6 miles away though.


You don't have to take the name literally.

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by Squinty » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:48 pm

Slayerx wrote:
Squinty wrote:Tinnitus is a bitch when you first get it. I rarely ever consciously hear the noises in my ears now.


Do you normally have it in one ear or both?

When I first woke up with it back around Easter it was in both ears and was really overwhelming and now I have it everyday but its normally in one ear. It isn't always the same and can change ears also the sound can be like a buzz or sometimes it's like a chatter as it's not a single sound.


Both. I've had it in one ear since I was child, it started in the other ear after I got an ear infection as an adult. One ear, it's a high pitch noise, the other, it's a low buzz.

Honestly, it drove me up the wall when I first got it. But you get better at not hearing it over time. I would try and get a specialist referral if it doesn't get any easier for you.

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by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:51 pm

Squinty wrote:
Slayerx wrote:
Squinty wrote:Tinnitus is a bitch when you first get it. I rarely ever consciously hear the noises in my ears now.


Do you normally have it in one ear or both?

When I first woke up with it back around Easter it was in both ears and was really overwhelming and now I have it everyday but its normally in one ear. It isn't always the same and can change ears also the sound can be like a buzz or sometimes it's like a chatter as it's not a single sound.


Both. I've had it in one ear since I was child, it started in the other ear after I got an ear infection as an adult. One ear, it's a high pitch noise, the other, it's a low buzz.

Honestly, it drove me up the wall when I first got it. But you get better at not hearing it over time. I would try and get a specialist referral if it doesn't get any easier for you.


Thanks I might try the specialist again asap as it was a 9 week wait and I'm getting married soon so could do without this at the moment.

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PostRe: NHS and GP issues
by Slayerx » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:53 pm

rinks wrote:
Slayerx wrote:
KK wrote:Have you tried an NHS walk-in centre?


Might be worth a try the nearest one is over 6 miles away though.


You don't have to take the name literally.


I know :slol: I don't drive so it would be at least two buses but I'm going to explorer the Bupa option first as work might contribute towards some of the cost.


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