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symptoms of swine flu but GP isn't interested

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sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:32:26

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Metella Fri 17-Jul-09 15:33:25

But surely your dd is in a high risk group - what did the GP say about that?

sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:35:24

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abraid Fri 17-Jul-09 15:36:24

I thought seasonal flu usually occurred in the winter months and that was what was different about swine flue--it was spreading in the summer?

sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:37:48

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Greensleeves Fri 17-Jul-09 15:37:51

My GP the same

I have been ill for nearly three weeks now and no tamiflu despite having the whole plethora of symptoms, and two NHS direct doctors and an out-of-hours saying "it's swine flu"

the other day he grudgingly agreed to give me the lowest possible dose of antibiotics for the racking chest infection I've had for three weeks. I called an out-of-hours GP because I felt lousy that evening and he said "double the dose now, and I'll put it on the computer that your gp needs to prescribe some more"


Stretch Fri 17-Jul-09 15:37:52

He sounds like a twat. angry

Reminds me of a woman I heard in Sains the other day saying, "Well I can't have swine flu, I haven't even been to Mexico." hmm I just wanted to shout, "IT'S EVERYWHERE NOW YOU SILLY B*$&^!!!"

Really hope you get it sorted. Can you get a different opinion, different GP? Consultant??

FattipuffsandThinnifers Fri 17-Jul-09 15:38:40

Does your dd normally get the flu vaccine? Presumably she'll be top of the list for the swine flu one when it arrives - not much comfort now I know though.

Have any of you been exposed to anyone with it/school etc? It may still be unlikely you/dd do actually have it (again, sorry if that's no comfort!).

Are you keeping her at home?

sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:38:50

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ZZZenAgain Fri 17-Jul-09 15:39:04

call NHS direct, reiterate why your dd is at risk and ask them to advise you how to get the prescription under these circumstances?

MaggieBeBold Fri 17-Jul-09 15:39:39

Yeah I heard that there was no seasonal flu and if you have 3 out of 7 symptoms on the list they are saying to assume it's SF.

Ring a different doctor. Besides, what's your city got to do with it?!

It has left Mexico now... Doctors have accepted that it can not be contained.

Metella Fri 17-Jul-09 15:40:09

Can't you kick up a fuss Riven? Try another GP at the surgery?

I can understand why you are worried.

lal123 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:40:11

might be worth giving NHS 24 a call and explaining to them the difficulties you're having. Re not swabbing - your Dr is right - they aren't swabbing anymore - diagnosing via symptoms instead.

Qally Fri 17-Jul-09 15:42:09

Is your dd under the care of a hospital? If you call her consultant's secretary, they can arrange a prescription - my mother needed one as she is in a vulnerable group, too.

bradsmissus Fri 17-Jul-09 15:43:06

As far as I know, it doesn't matter whether you are swabbed or not. If your DD has symptoms she should get Tamiflu. I would ask to speak to the Prac Manager to see what their policy is. If no luck - speak to the PALS people at your local PCT. Hope DD is better soon.

Greensleeves Fri 17-Jul-09 15:43:16

to piss about where your dd's health is concerned is fucking criminal Riven, what is he thinking?!?

moonmother Fri 17-Jul-09 15:43:22

Can you not speak to your DD's pead or someone more sympathetic at the hospital.

sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:53:41

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ZZZenAgain Fri 17-Jul-09 15:56:28

you poor thing riven, how worrying. Would the local chemist have any advice?

MaggieBeBold Fri 17-Jul-09 15:57:25

I wonder if that guy has taken the ten minutes to read the swine flu info he was surely forwarded.

TigerFeet Fri 17-Jul-09 15:59:36

What time does your surgery close? I'd be inclined to ring the out of hours GP the very second that it's available to you and (hopefully) get a better result.

sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 16:01:53

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sarah293 Fri 17-Jul-09 16:02:20

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moaningminnie2020 Fri 17-Jul-09 16:02:29

I'll second what Tigerfeet said - I would ring the OOH GP instead, they are likely to help you even though your own GP is being a bit of a twat

moonmother Fri 17-Jul-09 16:02:42

Contact your local primary care trust direct, rather than go through your Gp, state you want to make a complaint and that you need Tamiflu for your child.

Tell them that if you don't receive a prescription for Tamiflu then you will take your DD to the nearest A+E and sit there with her until you receive said Tamiflu.

Tell them what your DD's pead said about her contacting SF .

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