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To think that my GP is shit!

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curiousgeorgie Fri 21-Feb-14 11:44:04

My DD2 has always been hard work, very fractious, refluxy, not able to be put down, rashes and what looks like an eye infection...

She's been to the GP a lot. At one point I think I was going once a week...

Just use cotton wool, use gaviscon, now try ranitidine, now have this special milk...

All still bad.

I've posted before about her face, it looks absolutely awful, to the point that I've stopped taking her to baby group and Gymboree because people look at her funny.

They said ringworm, treated it, didn't go away.

They said impetigo, treated it, didn't go away.

They said eczema, treated it, didn't go away.

It's got worse... I asked if it could be an allergy to dairy as they first thought (she's on Nutrimigen formula now, and we're weaning her dairy free) and maybe we've missed something else she's allergic to as it looks exactly like my friends DD who has a dairy and wheat allergy...

They said 'try this cream for 2 weeks and come back and if its not better, we'll refer you.'

Today is 2 weeks, it's not better, if anything, it's worse. Her eye is STILL weeping too (almost 8 months of this!!) and I went back to the GP expecting something to be done.

Nope. 'Try the cream for TWO MORE MONTHS, then come back, and just use cotton wool on her eye.'

Like I've already been doing, and she's miserable. (As am I!!)

My GP is clearly a sadistic wanker.

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Fri 21-Feb-14 11:45:18

See someone else for a second opinion.

Droflove Fri 21-Feb-14 11:45:54

Try a new GP! There is nothing to say you have to keep going to the same one if you are unhappy. All GPs are not equal.

Lottiedoubtie Fri 21-Feb-14 11:46:15

Go and see a different GP and push for a referral. Poor you (and DD obv.)

sadbodyblue Fri 21-Feb-14 11:47:12

either see another GP in the practise it demand oy he referred on to a paediatrician.

you could also just turn up at your local A&E and you will most likely get a proper consultation.

curiousgeorgie Fri 21-Feb-14 11:47:42

There are loads at the practice and I've seen 3 different ones... But they always ask the main paediatrician to come in and have a look...

I'm worried that at a new GP surgery I'll have to try everything all over again...

littlewhitebag Fri 21-Feb-14 11:47:48

Is it the same GP you have been seeing each time? Is there another GP in your practice you could go and see sooner? Some are quicker to refer to specialists than others. Or speak to your HV about his frustrated you are becoming. Sometimes they can be very helpful to get things moved on.

YouStayClassySanDiego Fri 21-Feb-14 11:49:40

You posted before about her rash didn't you?

Did you have any luck with a paediatric dermatologist, that's got to be your next port of call now.

Your little girl, she must be fed upsad.

isitme1 Fri 21-Feb-14 11:49:52

I would be tempted to take her a+e say your concerned about the rash on her face then when you see a dr explain to them and ask to be seen in clinic.
My gp is an arsehole.
I've started many threads about him.
Ds has had gastric problems from day1. He is now fed via tube in tummy. Took us 18months to get him to a specialist as the dr wasnt clued up on the problems he presented. Took him last week as ds had temp of 39.9 and he said oh hes not poorly its your fault hes seen to many drs and doesn't like me hmm I said just check his temperature. He did. His face changed and so did his tone. He said he is poorly today and prescribed antibiotics.
He keepa moaning about cost

tobiasfunke Fri 21-Feb-14 11:50:42

Sounds like a baby at our baby group. He was literally covered in exzema for a year before they got an appt with a skin consultant. Every GP they saw said something different. It was a lactose allergy. However he was also allergic to eggs I think- the two things often go hand in hand. You need to go to a different GP and ask to be referred to a consultant.

isitme1 Fri 21-Feb-14 11:50:48

Cost of ds meds (different problems means jes on a lot of meds)

curiousgeorgie Fri 21-Feb-14 11:56:00

Yes, I spoke to 3 paediatric dermatologists, 2 in London and 1 in Wimbledon and all wanted a referral before they would give her an appointment, and I was sure the GP would give me one because it seemed like he was just trying one last thing, and said as much.

Apparently using Aveeno and Fucidin takes 2 months to clear anything up?? Surely this is ridiculous, I'd it hasn't done anything for 2 weeks, it's not going to?

It must really itch because she's constantly marking her face with scratches so matter how much we cut her nails.

Littleen Fri 21-Feb-14 12:01:02

Poor little girl! Go to a whole new GP or a private pediatrician if you can afford one appointment to get a referral to somewhere actually useful! x

YouStayClassySanDiego Fri 21-Feb-14 12:04:29

Why won't your GP refer her, silly bugger!

Have you got really really stroppy with him?, go back and be a bloody nuisance and demand a referral.

extracrunchy Fri 21-Feb-14 12:09:12

We had exactly the same experience (DD has eczema, reflux, diarrhoea, runny eyes, sleeps badly etc) and GP just wouldn't take it seriously.
We saw a different one every time we went in and she was diagnosed (like yours) with a different cause for the rash every time.
Reflux was dismissed as "just what babies do" despite her being in obvious constant discomfort and her weight consistently dropping centiles (though never dangerously low as she was a relative giant at birth!). Ended up with useless Gaviscon and ranitidine (that they never update the dose on in line with her growth without prompting).
Her skin was so bad we eventually forked out to see a private dermatologist who immediately diagnosed eczema and prescribed appropriate creams that help control it, though it's not gone away completely. One of the practice GPs has now reluctantly repeat prescribed these for us.
We pushed for a referral repeatedly, eventually got one and received a letter in the post with an appointment in MAY!!! (Unbelievably 17 weeks after referral and months after DD started suffering.)
We're dairy and soya free with no proper supervision, which shouldn't be the case.
Just went to A&E yesterday as I've had enough, now have better reflux drugs and a follow up appointment with the paediatrician and dietician on Monday.
Realise I've just gone on about us but wanted you to know you're not alone and you might just have to take matters into your own hands. It's utterly ridiculous we are made to feel like neurotic time wasters while our babies are suffering. Hope you're ok.thanks

extracrunchy Fri 21-Feb-14 12:10:23

That is a stupidly long post! Sorry grin

ginnybag Fri 21-Feb-14 12:12:40

That does sound pretty crap.

I'm sure you are, but are you keeping a food diary? If not, maybe start. If you think it's an allergy issue, you'll need to eventually.

And change GP. You won't need to try everything again because your DD's noted will be transferred from this practice to the new one and that will show everything that's been tried so far. Frankly, even if this cream does take two months, there's no good reason to wait to refer. If they refer now and it works, great. If it doesn't, that's two lost months!

The eye thing could just be a blocked tear duct. My DD had one - she had one eye that wept constantly until she was 13 months. It picked up two nasty infections in that time, but for the most part was clear and just wouldn't drain correctly. It self-corrected in the end.

Manchesterhistorygirl Fri 21-Feb-14 12:16:16

Have you health insurance? I had to step outside the NHS recently for ds2, a different problem but we have been seen and listened too and issued appropriate follow on advice.

VulvaBeaker Fri 21-Feb-14 12:36:54

Ask to see another GP. Say you do not wish to explain why it is a private matter. Steamroll over any excuses as to why it will not happen.

HadABadDay2014 Fri 21-Feb-14 12:43:46

Would baby piriton help

H2OWoe Fri 21-Feb-14 12:57:51

Take her to a private dermatologist, this situation is just awful. You'll get treated seriously and you'll get seen quickly. The cost is not that much and I find private doctors (GP or dermotologists or whatever) are worth every penny. No waiting ages for appointments and it's a far more personal interaction. The NHS does a great job 80% of the time but at some point, in situations like this, you just have to reach into your own pocket even if it means cutting back elsewhere. I hope they can find a good solution for her, poor little thing. You are right to be frustrated by this situation, you've been incredibly tolerant so far.

YouSayWhaaat Fri 21-Feb-14 13:03:29


Advice like that is the reason the Emergency Medical care in this country is buckling at the seams.

Totally inappropriate to attend A&E.

OP - good look with getting a referral, it does sound like your little one needs it.

Goldmandra Fri 21-Feb-14 13:04:09

Change you GP and ask the new one for a referral or go back to your old one and refuse to leave without a referral.

Be prepared to stick to your guns. You are your DD's only advocate in this so step up and fight for her. It isn't appropriate to send you away for two months.

BTW I have used Fucidin on my children's infected eczema and often see a result later the same day so two months sounds ridiculous.

Weegiemum Fri 21-Feb-14 13:06:59

That's terrible. Please also complain to the practice manager, if the GP is as bad as that you won't be the only one and this gets flagged up at annual appraisal and upcoming revalidation. GPs only get to continue being rubbish because folk don't complain (I've complained in the past and am also married to a good GP!)

MoominsYonisAreScary Fri 21-Feb-14 13:10:34

I think you need to go bqck and demand a referral, its been going on too long now poor lityle thing and poor you.

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