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Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:22 pm
by Rosemary_1706
I think the doctors need to refer the district nurses. Once referred, you can call them directly, I believe?

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:25 pm
by Rosemary_1706
I think the doctors need to refer the district nurses. Once referred, you can call them directly.

If situation gets worse you can still call 999 or 111, or the gp.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:35 pm
by Sall the Bibliophile
Hmmm the District Nurse idea is a good one, I am going to ring and ask for referral, Nan has retained fluid and for several years had dry skin until the cream was changed and I nagged any carers who did the shower to put it on very liberally.

If it's easy to get more than once then that makes me feel a little easier it's just how I convince the Dr's/practitioners that she needs treatment sooner rather than later.

Aww thank you, I am aware most people have it far harder than I do and I try not to moan or complain. I am rather pleased I come across as caring and supportive though because I do try. I am going to request regular contact with the District Nurses and perhaps a flag put on Nan's records for antibiotics with the start of a cellulitis infection. I also need to find out if there is a way I can get the script quicker than 36 hours after seeing/speaking to someone.

Thank you so, so much for helping I REALLY appreciate it.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:55 pm
by Rosemary_1706
Not wanting to scare anyone, but if the cellulitis worsens, per nhs online info, it can lead to sepsis - very serious indeed.

P.S. You've got it worse enough! Don't hesitate in asking for medical help, 111 atleast. And keep on posting here please!

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:03 pm
by Rosemary_1706
In most cases, the doctors can send prescriptions to most pharmacies electronically.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:32 pm
by Londonbound
Cellulitis is very nasty, painful, my caree has diabetes 2 and gets cellulitis regularly. She feels very rough ill, doesn't feel like eating, start of the infection, then the rash starts going up your legs.

Her GP has given a prescription in advance, as antibiotics are needed as soon as possible, waiting for a doctors appointment then having to run to the chemist means the cellulitis will get worse.
If your doctors could do that it would save a lot of time and pain.

It needs discussing with someone the district nurses or the G.P. to get on top of the situation, your nan could end up in hospital if it gets worse.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:04 pm
by Sall the Bibliophile
Send it electronically oh that made me giggle, I'm surprised they even print a prescription let alone send it electronically. Even repeats are done on paper. They have to find someone to sign a script then put it in a basket to be collected from the signers room to go to reception where the chemist must fetch it, not us but the chemist of your choice only. Trouble is none of the chemists go daily it's weekly at best so your forever waiting...the receptionists are now offering to see if it's left waiting for the chemist to collect and giving it to you.

I am going to make an apt with a GP, I'll probably have to wait a few weeks but it will be worth it just to see if something can be done to stop this. I'm not in the habit of phoning or booking appointments unless I have no choice and at least one receptionist is aware of how I try and I dismiss it as not urgent and will book an urgent apt. I am currently making a list of questions so that I can go armed with what I want to know.

I really hope nobody else has it this complicated as it's headache inducing if nothing else.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:13 pm
by Rosemary_1706
Not only headache inducing I'm afraid. My neighbour with diabetes and cellulitis had part of his leg amputated. Severe cases can lead to sepsis and death. That's why it is so important to keep getting the right treatment, sad to say.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:58 pm
by Sall the Bibliophile
I hate to say it but I doubt the Dr's would learn even if that happened, they just don't seem to be at all interested, it's too much of an inconvience to not only go to work but see patients too.

Re: Drs or Lack of Drs

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:10 pm
by thara_1910
Sall the Bibliophile wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:58 pm
I hate to say it but I doubt the Dr's would learn even if that happened, they just don't seem to be at all interested, it's too much of an inconvience to not only go to work but see patients too.
I have always found that surprising. Some specialists puzzle me. Do they seriously think I want to be there waiting around? Is there any way to complain or file a report? A email might also work wonders here. It is not all about the money.