In the US, we generally see our GI doctors regularly. As Tab said, when in remission I go every 6 months. The specialist is the one who does our scopes and prescribes our medication. Our primary care doctors generally take care of our preventive and short-term needs, but if we have a serious chronic disease that's normally followed by a specialist. It provides a high level of care, but is also what makes our healthcare more expensive.
I know your system is different, and perhaps some of our other UK residents will come along and comment for you. What does really bother me, however, is when I see people having calls returned by secretaries or appointment clerks. When one calls the doctor with a question, he or she deserves to speak to someone with some medical knowledge and training - a doctor or nurse. Secretaries giving medical information just scare me to death.
And yes, don't be afraid to talk to a supervisor. And it that's the consultant and he won't hear your issues, your healthcare system is government operated. That means there is some government official somewhere whose job it is to receive complaints about
doctors and their staffs. Don't be afraid to make your needs and concerns known.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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