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Going It Alone

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by lindisfel, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Florence48

    Florence48 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi, I too am unhappy with my GP recently. I have only been with my GP just over a year as I moved. I feel rushed at appointments and have not had a diabetic blood test until today, at my request. I have arthritis in my hands, which prevents me being able to cut my toenails apart from hacking st the big one with kitchen scissors. I can’t afford private Chiropody as I’m on a government pension. I wear shoes a size larger to accommodate this and cotton wool between my toes as my nails cut into each other. I asked to be referred to podiatry and was told the surgery doesn’t refer to podiatry any more. I was given a telephone number of a podiatrist but they told me I had to be referred. I went back to the nurse at my surgery today and she said she would speak to the senior GP, but she thought it was in NICE guidelines and not the surgery. I find this extraordinary as diabetics are constantly told to look after their feet. If it is just a surgery rule then I could change GPs but what can I do if it’s a NICE guideline?
     
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  2. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Hi and welcome @Florence48

    Have a look at this link
    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/foot-problems-and-the-podiatrist/

    Different CCGs seem to have different procedures on this.
    Some of them allow self referral, and there are self referral forms on the internet.
    But I don’t know if there would be a cost to you for this.

    The link also suggests that you can place pressure on your doctor to refer you because you have diabetes, and your feet are at risk.

    I really hope that your feet get the care they need!
     
  3. MrsGruffy

    MrsGruffy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    To me, it means not taking any advice from any HCP without doing my own research. It means asking my medical people for peer reviewed articles which support what they're advising me to do. It means critically reviewing such articles and chasing down their sources. Links to big pharma and it goes in the bin. It means learning how plumbing works, rather than just blindly hiring a plumber and ignorantly expecting that he'll do the job properly. It means taking responsibility for my own health and absolutely not trusting someone because they happen to have a few letters after their name. It means challenging firmly held beliefs and risking being labelled a "difficult patient". It means viewing doctors as body tradies - there are good ones and bad ones - and you may go through a few before you find one who is aligned to your way of thinking, or isn't threatened by being challenged on the advice they give.
     
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  4. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’d be better off asking my postman for diabetes treatment than seeing my GP. Totally useless. Everything I had to learn in order to put my T2 into remission was self-taught. Worse, I had to do the opposite of what I was told.

    Frankly I’d be better off drinking a pint of Lucozade for breakfast every morning than putting my metabolic health in the hands of my doctor, so personally I’m happy going it alone :)
     
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