Our grandson became ill on Wednesday, it was his first birthday. His temperature was very high and my daughter was struggling to keep it down, she called the GP practice who offered her a telephone appointment later in the week.
Or a possible appointment with a negative PCR test, the nearest testing centre was a 60 mile round trip and a potential 3 hour wait, with a sick child this is not feasible.
He deteriorated that evening and ended up at A&E, after 4 hours he was seen by a nurse who couldn’t prescribe, she said there wasn’t an available doctor and to insist on a GP appointment the following morning.
My daughter called the surgery, they refused to see him, she drove there and demanded to be seen, she was sent to wait in the car park.
A doctor came out eventually and told my daughter that there was a pandemic people were dying and appointments were only for the elderly and infirm.
She was advised to go to A&E.
5 hours later they are seen by a kind but frustrated doctor, she stated that they were overrun because GP’s were not seeing children.
He was diagnosed with severe tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics.
He is one year old, never had a visit from a midwife or health visitor and never seen a GP.
This cannot be right.
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