"Concerns over care from my local GP"
About: Birmingham East and North PCT Birmingham East and North PCT Birmingham B7 4AA
Posted by jo83 (as ),
After being kicked off one GP’s patient list because of moving out of the area (despite being pregnant). I finally found a new GP, however, due to problems with my pregnancy, as well as the surgery being a 25 minute walk away, I was often a few minutes late for the odd appointment.
When I was 7 months pregnant, my oldest daughter (5 at the time) contracted measles. I was given a lecture by my GP for not having had her vaccinated, despite the bad coverage surrounding the immunisation at the time she was due it. I was told I was "ridiculous" for listening to such reports & made to feel inadequate for not having had her immunised.
After this incident, I felt I was disliked at the surgery & began to dread appointments. I have since been read the amount of "lates" I've had since joining the surgery whilst attending an appointment. This made me feel small & embarrassed. I tried to explain the distance & the troubles I'd had in pregnancy but was told if I'm late again I will be thrown off the patient list!
Since then I have taken my youngest daughter to several appointments & recently took her to be checked out due to a bad cough she had, which was causing her to be sick. I was sent away twice by the same doctor, who told me my over-the-counter medicines were useless, but I could continue to use them "if it made me feel better". On the third occasion, a different doctor diagnosed a chest infection, & gave my daughter (who was 10 months old) some antibiotics. I am disgusted with the surgery & no longer wish to attend there. However, I’m unable to join a new surgery, as they often refuse because I'm already registered with a doctor in the area. Does anyone know my rights regarding this, & am I being unreasonable?