"It was hard to get the NHS to take me seriously"
Posted by Raymond W (as ),
Last year I fell ill. It started like a bad cold but then started to deteriorate quickly, I had tried to see a GP the week before but there were no free appointments. When it did deteriorate it was fast, I had just enough strength to text work in the morning and then nothing. My wife got home to find me in bed and the bed soiled.
She called NHS24 and we received a call from a doctor, he didn't want to speak to my wife, only me - problem was I didn't know what was going on, he said some stuff that I didn't pick up on so I just gave the phone back to my wife. The doctor had said he refused to come out and see me because I was a 40 year old man and if I needed care I could go to A&E to get it. As I was in no state we got an ambulance and went to hospital where I had a fit. I was kept in over night and sent home the next day.
I wasn't getting better so an appointment was made the next day for the out of hours GP. There I saw a nurse who focused on the white residue building on my mouth and the fact that I was highly dehydrated - anything I drank came right through the other end just moments later. She thought I might have thrush in my mouth and sent me away with some pills.
That night I got worse again and now I was coughing blood. Another out of ours appointment was made and this time the doctor I saw took no time in calling an ambulance to take me to Edinburgh's Western General. I don't recall too much about getting their except one discussion with a nurse, I told her that I had soiled myself and she responded with "could you not wait to go to the toilet"?
After admission I was diagnosed with Influenza A and pneumonia, treatment finally began.
It was a terrible experience but what was shocking was just how hard it was to get the NHS as an organisation to take me seriously. My wife really had to fight to get me seen, if it was just me I certainly would not have had the energy. Worryingly, I have been trying to see a doctor recently, I have been suffering with flu like symptoms for 4 weeks now. My local GP won't register me because it is full and the one I am registered with won't see me because I live more than 15 minutes away.
I intend to try and get seen in the out of hours but we will see how that goes. Sorry, but the NHS does not appear to be there for me.