how often should we see our concultant?

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   Posted 5/27/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hi im from england and had my colonosopy in march 06 then a few weeks later went back for my results and to be told what medication i am being put on, this was pentasa suppositries. Thats it, i havent been back since rang him several occasions but he just fobs me off saying he might never need to see me again, so i spoke to my family gp and asked will he refere me to a new hospital and he refused also, saying the nhs here in england will not let me change hospitals or concultant because i already have one. This is driving me mad now, i feel like i am not getting the medical care and advice i need. Also my blood levels are not right and now i have to have monthly b12 injections my gp has left several messages with my concultant to get in touch to inform him on the injections that i now need but he cant be bothered getting back to my gp even.. arrggggggg

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   Posted 5/27/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the US but I see my GI every 6 months. I have blood work done every 3 months (my GI's nurse) sends me paperwork. If I am flaring I see him more often.

That really stinks! Are you 100% sure you can't change doctors? Hopefully someone will chime in that is more familiar w/ the healthcare system you are dealing with. Hang in there and keep us posted!
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   Posted 5/27/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Easy way round it is to choose a top Consultant from BUPA or AXA private health, pay to see him after a referral from your doctor. Once you have paid him once he is you "consultant" - then you go back to the doctor and say you can no longer afford him and he will refer you to him at his NHS practise! I have the best consultant around Mr Chopada who replies to emails within an hour!

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   Posted 5/27/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi i'm also from England just recently diagnosed and am still waiting for a follow up to see mine have not been back to dr either so am still really in the dark like you was just given meds and that was it (will send appointment for six week follow up great help) don't know about you but was not very withit after colonoscopy thought of all the questoins later when i got home.Must say though since finding this site it has been a great help sorry can't help with your question but do know how you feel what part of England are you from im from kent.
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   Posted 5/27/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I see my doctor every 6 months
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I see my GI every 6 weeks. I would try to do what Londonred said, I have no idea how it works over there, but if you aren't getting the proper care, than you deserve a new doctor however you have to do it.
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm I don't know about the UK but the threat of a law suit for malpractise is usually enough to get them to pay attention to you for a few minutes. I'd only use this as a last resort mind you, health care under threat is still health care, but what of the quality? I'm not saying to actually sue him, just let him know that it is being considered because you can't get the quality of health care you feel you need.
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   Posted 6/2/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Memmie

I'm in England, God's own county of Yorkshire! Have you thought about changing your GP? I'm having a bit of a nightmare having only been diagnosed by my GP and waiting to see a consultant (waiting since february!!!) . I like LondonRed's idea about a private consultation, wonder how much it costs? Am getting desperate, my GP just keeps offering me a sicknote but I think I would be more miserable at home... Thankfully I have an office job.

I have been told that the only way to get sorted is to nag and nag the GP, we British aren't too good at complaining but perhaps we should start!

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