"Shocked and very disappointed"
About: NHS Grampian NHS Grampian
Posted by Oorwullie (as ),
My daughter is scheduled to take part in a sponsored event in September.
Now the problem. She has a slight issue which has never been formally diagnosed as Asthma, but requires her to occasionally use an inhaler. There is a standard form issued by the Club organising the event which needs a Doctor to sign to confirm that her condition is under control. She has approached Ellon Health Centre and has been told that she will need a full medical examination at a cost of £200!
On checking with other Medical Practices in the area, she was told that there is no requirement for a Medical and the cost would be in the region of £15. Unfortunately, there is insufficient time to change Medial Practice as it takes months to get the records transferred, so for now she seems to be stuck with Ellon Health Centre.
She has spoken to the Club official and he has again confirmed that no medical examination is required, just a confirmation that her condition is controlled, but EHC still stick to their unreasonable demand for £200 for an unnecessary medical examination.
Interestingly, the Club official commented that the full annual medical examinations required of him and his colleagues only costs £120.
My request to you is to seek your help in ‘encouraging’ Ellon Health Centre to provide what is required, a signature confirming that my daughter's condition is stable and at a more appropriate cost.
Interestingly, after a number of e-mails, she got a response from the practice reminding her that this was not a NHS service and it was up to an individual GP to decide what, if anything, would be done and at what cost. It seems that Ellon GPs think they can hold the public to ransom in these matters as only they have routine access to our medical records.