Guide to dealing with a pilonidal using the NHS

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions - UK Forum' started by natabz, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. RosiePosie

    RosiePosie New Member

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    I don't have much advice that hasn't already been written, but I'm still at college so I get my prescrip for free (and I still will after college due to my epilepsy - I get an exemption certificate).

    My point is, that if you get free prescription, don't be guilty about taking advantage of it!
    If I didn't have free prescrip then my dressings and antibiotics over the last year would have cost me a bomb!

    In the NHS (or at least where I live) nurses can do prescriptions for dressings, they just need to get a doctor to sign it.

    Another point, nurses will be cheeky - asking you to bring your own dressings to appointments. In my opinion, this is naughty, because I've seen the store cupboard and they have plenty.
     
  2. Typo56

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    Sad to say that almost 3 years on and this is still the case. My referral was lost for over a month until it was chased up by my GP surgery who had to re-fax it to prove it had originally been sent. I only found out it hadn't gone through after a letter relating to my treatment sent by my GP after the referral recieved a very quick reply stating they did not have me listed as a patient. There are some serious communication issues at the QA in Portsmouth.
     
  3. deanw

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    hi any thoughts on the use of antibiotics, the first major flare up was treated with two weeks of antibiotics which towards the end was working, decreased symptoms and swelling by 90%. 10 days later major tenderness again and a return to the gp resulted in 6 week course of antibiotics. (today) is that usual? 6 weeks antibiotics seems excessive i thought, are they just passifiying me due to the usual lack of resources in the nhs? I'm not keen on abusing antibiotics but if its normal then no problem. anyone have experience ?
    thanks dean
     
  4. Martin Armenia

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    A few days ago I had my 4th surgery in 7 years. I hope this is the last one
     
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  5. Arianwen92

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    If you struggle with exudate or blood leaking through, ask the nurse and they will teach someone close to you the aeseptic technique and packing procedure so they can change it for you between DN call outs or practice appointment. Be aware... this means you can't skip your appointments because it needs to still be assessed, but it does mean you don't have to put up with the leaking until your next appointment
     

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