"Out of hours service after calling 111"
About: South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / NHS 111 South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust NHS 111 Lewes BN7 2XW
Posted by Dafg (as ),
I had to use the 111 service last Saturday morning as in the night I had suffered with shortness of breath, wheeziness and cough, as I have emphysema I needed to get antibiotics and steroids before Monday. In a way this was my fault as I should really keep a spare prescription! I certainly will in future and did apologise to the nurse practitioner who told me not to worry.
Anyway, 111 was very quick and efficient and sent me to out of hours nurse practitioner. Visit was very quick and she agreed that I needed these drugs. I was however concerned when she asked me which antibiotic I took and what strength and how many mg of prednisolone I took a day. I did not say anything to her but I understood from this that my records could not have been available to her. This worries me! What would happen if someone gave the wrong medication, what if there was a contraindication? If anyone was confused or trying to get a drug they should not have what would happen?