"Concern over nurse diagnosis in GP surgery"
About: North Staffordshire PCT North Staffordshire PCT Newcastle ST13 6HQ
Posted by Erminburger (as ),
Just voicing my concern about the latest trend at my GP surgery.
When ringing for an appointment with a doctor I was dismayed to be told that I could only see a nurse but "she can prescribe". In desperation I took the appointment.
The problem was that both eyes were sore and badly swollen. The nurse diagnosed an allergy and prescribed anti-histamines and said that if there was no improvement in a week to go back to the doctor.
Five days later when my eyes were considerably worse I rang the surgery again only to be offered an appointment to see a prescribing nurse again. I declined and it was only when I said that I would go to a walk-in centre, was an appointment with a doctor given.
I had an infection in both eyes, had to administer antibiotic ointment to each eye every 2 hours on the first day, every 4 hours on the 2nd day and then had to see an optician on the 3rd day who advised further treatment.