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14-03-2020, 10:32   #1
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GPs ignoring flu/covid symptoms, any way to complain?

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I wonder if there is an official channel to file a complain for GP?

I already herds 3 stories for friends when GPs panicking when they hear about coughs and just say “stay at home, don’t come over” (one case was about 3m old kid). They don’t follow up, don’t try to check if there are other symptoms, just simply panicking and pretty much stop conversation.
The last case - girl has very strong cough, difficulty breathing and her GP said “stay home, drink liquids”. Not even trying to diagnose her, or send someone to test her. I completely get why they ask tot to come to GP practice though, no questions here.
Reading stories around the world how doctors sacrifice their lifes in a fight with covid-19 this behaviour seems super unprofessional.

Another depressing story - GP of our neighbours was spreading completely unscientific BS, that is you have covid-19 by the time you get fever 50% of lungs have fibrosis 🀯 I think HSE should revoke his license for saying such BS, been unprofessional and spreading panic at critical times.
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14-03-2020, 14:10   #2
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GP's are being advised by the health authorities not to allow people with flu like or upper respiratory symptoms into the surgeries. They are advised to asses over the phone and advise people to stay at home and treat like any viral infection unless very severe symptoms that may need hospitalisation.
Most people witht viral infections including the Corvid19 do not need to see a Doctor and will get better with rest, fluids and symptom treatment with paracetamol etc.
If any one has flu like symptoms at the moment the advice is do NOT go to your GP or hospital but to phone for advice and treat at home unless severe.
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Please see the HSE official advice here.

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coron...ronavirus.html
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GP's are being advised by the health authorities not to allow people with flu like or upper respiratory symptoms into the surgeries. They are advised to asses over the phone and advise people to stay at home and treat like any viral infection unless very severe symptoms that may need hospitalisation.
Most people witht viral infections including the Corvid19 do not need to see a Doctor and will get better with rest, fluids and symptom treatment with paracetamol etc.
If any one has flu like symptoms at the moment the advice is do NOT go to your GP or hospital but to phone for advice and treat at home unless severe.
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Thanks a lot Rob for very detailed answer.
As I mentioned I completely understand the reasons not to come over to GP practice.
However the last case is pretty severe cough, fever, pain in chest (front and back) and short breath. I’m not suggesting that this woman has covid case but she may need to see a doctor and she just refused.

Thanks a lot for the link, I read info there and it seems like if there is a phone complaint with fever and cough some tests should be carried out.
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/...one%20v3.0.pdf

Ans that also doesn’t explain nonsense another GP sent over to our neighbour re lung fibrosis.
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But surely GPs should still test even for mild symptoms? They may be mild for you or me but fatal for someone else?
I could not self isolate from work without having an actual diagnosis of the virus.
And people waking up with symptoms today will have no contact with their GP till Monday at the earliest as Med doc are saying they will not be testing.
This is leaving a lot of people at risk to exposing others.
I think there should be a dedicated service to testing 7 days a week.
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14-03-2020, 15:22   #6
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The patient can contact the HSE Coronavirus Helpline on 1850 24 1850
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Seemingly issues with people not being able to get through to that number. And only available 10 -5 today. Nothing on a Sunday.
But announcement made for a new system coming into effect on Monday through GPs so hopefully people can wait till then.

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This is why the number of cases is almost certainly more than 90
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However the last case is pretty severe cough, fever, pain in chest (front and back) and short breath. I’m not suggesting that this woman has covid case but she may need to see a doctor and she just refused.
That sounds like a 112 / 999 call would be justified.
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14-03-2020, 17:17   #10
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You were lucky to get through to your GP. I tried all day Friday and only got engaged. The advice is rubbish. They need to set up more phone lines immediately and staff them with dedicated medical people. I'm sure a nurse or trained technician can handle phone referrals in an emergency like this. Time to loosen the regulations and immunise them from lawsuits.
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But surely GPs should still test even for mild symptoms? They may be mild for you or me but fatal for someone else?
I could not self isolate from work without having an actual diagnosis of the virus.
And people waking up with symptoms today will have no contact with their GP till Monday at the earliest as Med doc are saying they will not be testing.
This is leaving a lot of people at risk to exposing others.
I think there should be a dedicated service to testing 7 days a week.
Testing is only being liberalised from Monday to include anyone with symptoms. Upto now, testing was only done by calling Public Health and on people who had symptoms AND came back from an affected area abroad OR were in contact with a confirmed case OR were in a hospital treating cases. The Public Health phone lines have been jammed all week. Spent 45 minutes on hold myself on Wednesday evening before giving up.

Why could you not self isolate without a diagnosis, do you mind me asking? The reality is that many people have been asked to do this all week given the testing set-up.
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Thanks a lot for the link, I read info there and it seems like if there is a phone complaint with fever and cough some tests should be carried out.
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/...one%20v3.0.pdf
This algorithm was released at about 6pm on Friday evening.
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But surely GPs should still test even for mild symptoms? They may be mild for you or me but fatal for someone else?
I could not self isolate from work without having an actual diagnosis of the virus.
And people waking up with symptoms today will have no contact with their GP till Monday at the earliest as Med doc are saying they will not be testing.
This is leaving a lot of people at risk to exposing others.
I think there should be a dedicated service to testing 7 days a week.

It could very well become a 7 day service soon, however I know that test results are taking 48 hours to come back. The advice is simple. If you develop symptoms, self isolate, contact your GP from tomorrow and they will organise testing through Public Health. If its a thing that you need urgent medical treatment e.g. severe shortness of breath, significant co morbidities, chest pain AMONG OTHERS then you need to dial 112/999 or attend A&E. HOWEVER, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS NOT ROCK UP TO A&E UNANNOUNCED! There's already significant difficulties in A&E at the moment, you don't want them restricted by having to isolate a room full of patients/health care staff. If they know you're coming, they can prepare for it.

I have also heard anecdotal evidence regarding Lung Fibrosis. Haven't seen proper evidence about it tho. I'd go easy on the GP tho, we're all under serious pressure. I've had to self isolate for what feels like flu, I really want to be on the front line to help my colleagues but i have to wait for testing.
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Not my thread, was just giving my opinion. I would never show up to A&E or even a doctor's surgery unannounced.

But I can understand the public's concern. Though I have 2 out of three of the main symptoms, when my GP called me back, they did not put forward testing as I have not travelled or been in contact with someone who is positive. They are still not considering community transmission or maybe just those with severe symptoms?

Yet when I was listening to a GP answer callers questions on the radio this morning, someone with less or similar symptoms was told they would definitely need to be tested.

I know it is at the GPs discretion if testing is needed but surely any of the listed symptoms should require testing?

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Remember - if your GP gets contaminated, that's him/her out of action for two weeks ....with their services out of reach to other patients

just do what others say and contact the HSE helpline or website
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