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Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby blythburgh » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:41 am

Friend (lives alone near Ipswich but has to have op in Bury St Edmunds): gets to top of list for knee replacement: sorry but you need hip replacement first

GP was aware she had hip pain

Goes to bottom of hip list,still waiting and now in a wheelchair as pain is too much too bear when she tries to walk

Neighbour's neicee (lives in Bury St Edmunds) gets to top of list for knee replacement: sorry you only need a half knee replacement and sees GP about groin pain. "Oh that is because you are doing exercises for your knee" after a cursery examination.

Finally poor woman gets to hospital for op only to be told x ray shows she needs hip replacement.

Doing the knee first will do damage due to poor walking action because of hip problem

So back to bottom of list for a hip replacement then bottom of list for knee replacement.

Why are these problems not picked up earlier? Why if you are put on wrong list are you not given priority to get the op done quickly as you have waited in agony for so long?
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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby expressman33 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:48 am

too many "jobsworths"

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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby macliam » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:47 pm

expressman33 wrote:too many "jobsworths"

Despite recent events, as a psych I remember the Med students at Uni - both from "clashes" due to our different disciplines and because of their "exotic" behaviour - most of them will be very senior medics by now! So, recent events notwithstanding, I've always had a fairly low regard of medics (car mechanics without a manual...). Specialists and consultants can be better (after all, they're specialists!) but GPs are pretty woeful. When I went to see one of my GPs partners, SWMBO said "make sure you tell him what to do!" - and she was right - but even he was better than another of his colleagues who was a genuine waste of space. My own GP is different, as the senior partner he has the experience and manner to look betond the obvious, but that's as rare as hen's teeth and it's almost impossible to get to see him (what a surprise")

Unfortunately there is a focus on the obvious and too little time is spent looking at the "overall" health of the patient. That was my complaint after my op - once infection set in to one incision, they focused on that and ignored the other four! Then when one of the others became inflamed, I had to tell them!! A 10-minute appointment slot doesn't help, nor does having to jump at imposed targets - but the overall lack of GPs means they have to be really useless to be sanctioned.
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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby Chadwick » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:55 pm

I think it's more that the GPs diagnose the problem and then put you into the appropriate system to resolve it.

If it's just a case of taking some medicine, the system is pharmacy-based. The doctor writes a prescription and hands you over to the pharmacy system.
If you need surgery in the doctor's opinion, they refer you to a hospital/specialist and their job is done. You are now in the right system to be treated.

The problem is that if the system determines that you are not in the right system, you get passed back to the GP and the process begins again. The NHS does not have the resources to give every GP patient a personal account manager.

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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby jaytee » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:44 pm

Four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a single mastectomy. It took 3 attempts to get the reconstruction right.

Had a scare in my other breast, so when I had my last reconstruction operation ask for a risk reducing mastectomy in my other breast which was agreed as advisable.

Then this week I get an invite from the surgeon who performed both mastectomy operations to have an annual mammogram - I have no breasts left to X-Ray....all very distressing.

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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby macliam » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:16 pm

jaytee wrote:Four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a single mastectomy. It took 3 attempts to get the reconstruction right.

Had a scare in my other breast, so when I had my last reconstruction operation ask for a risk reducing mastectomy in my other breast which was agreed as advisable.

Then this week I get an invite from the surgeon who performed both mastectomy operations to have an annual mammogram - I have no breasts left to X-Ray....all very distressing.

Left hand, Right Hand. :crazy:

A lack of checking the records, or a lack of records? Either way, poor management. :eh:

As with my follow-up monitoring. Talk to Nurse who schedules follow-ups .... "We'll write to you in February/March"
GP writes to consultant - "Patient is scheduled for monitoring in January"
..... I'm away until mid-January, NHS only arrange appointments by letter (no email) ..... what's the betting they call me earlier? :roll:
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Re: Are all Doctor's idiots?

Postby blythburgh » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:10 am

jaytee wrote:Four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a single mastectomy. It took 3 attempts to get the reconstruction right.

Had a scare in my other breast, so when I had my last reconstruction operation ask for a risk reducing mastectomy in my other breast which was agreed as advisable.

Then this week I get an invite from the surgeon who performed both mastectomy operations to have an annual mammogram - I have no breasts left to X-Ray....all very distressing.


That is awful, bad enough what you have been through without that
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