About: Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Dermatology Glasgow Royal Infirmary Dermatology G4 0SF
Posted by Kelro (as ),
In the early weeks of lockdown my scheduled dermatology appointment was cancelled. I’ve been on a maintenance dose of isotretinoin for about two years for persistent acne (one week a month, low dose, prescribed six months at a time). When I was told about the cancellation I asked could I still receive my prescription and have my bloods monitored in the community as they are regularly monitored for other medication I am in. The junior doctor I was dealing with refused and felt now was a perfect time to see if I still required this medication. I understood why my appointment was cancelled but did not agree with this decision and let them know, however I could do nothing about it.
Now three months later my skin is breaking out, I am feeling very self-conscious, don’t want to see people, having to look at going private (which would cost around £1500 pounds) and have since discovered the guidance from the British Association if Dermatologists allows for what I had a suggested - yet the dermatology department won’t issue me with a prescription as it’s “against the guidance”.
I feel incredibly self-conscious and worthless. I understand the impact and pressure of coronavirus as I also work in the NHS but feel I’ve just been abandoned and will require a full course of isotretinoin again at a greater cost if I don’t go private soon. People may think acne is not a serious issue but it really affects mental wellbeing.