About: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Birmingham B15 2TH
Posted by td_ans (as ),
I went to a follow up outpatient appointment and the consultant who saw me gave me no choice but to have a medical student (female) present though the consultation. Throughout the appointment, the consultant was filling the medical student in with my details - and hardly spoke to me, including discussing the blood tests.
The issues discussed were very sensitive & I would have preferred not to have a medical student present. Had I objected to the medical student being present, it would have been too late, as he was filling her with all the details as I was walking into the consulting room.
At the end of the consultation - he said there is nothing wrong with me. I knew the consultant was wrong. To cut a long story short, a subsequent private consultation with another specialist (and blood tests) showed that first consultant was very much mistaken.
It is a pity I had to go private to seek a second opinion. I'm glad that I did not believe the readings of the first test: ensuring that the test was repeated, especially as it was borderline was a wise decision especially as my symptoms were still present. I feel doctors should treat the patient's symptoms and not rely simply on the results of one test.