Gp questioning why a person with dementia cant just have results over the phone

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by henfenywfach, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. henfenywfach

    henfenywfach Registered User

    May 23, 2013
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    Having tried for two weeks to get a phone appointment so i could be there to assist my dad that has dementia with kewy bodys..and failed my dad had an appointment which my sister took him to to in person today..

    He was told by the gp you dont really need an appointment for this i couldve told you over the phone.
    My sister not having any experience of dementia as i am main carer didnt question this.
    If theyd bother to look at the things i tell the gp like he couldnt remember things and cant understand when people are talking to him. Hes also deaf so telling him over the phone would be totally inappropriate

    Is it so hard for medical professionals to stop for a minute and think outside the text book box!!!

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  2. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,282
    SW London
    Shocking and clueless. Though sadly it is not at all uncommon for medical professionals to be clueless when it comes to dementia. They may well think they understand, but often still have no idea of practical realities, i.e. of how memory loss actually affects everyday functioning.
    I have known a GP say it did not matter if someone couldn't remember verbal instructions, because they could be written down for them. No clue that the person would very likely not remember to look at the piece of paper, and even if they did, could well forget whatever it said before they'd had time to do whatever it said.
     
  3. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
    6,967
    Brixham Devon
    In my Husband's case that would have been a totally useless thing to suggest by a GP as he stopped being able to read (apart from authors names :confused:)during 2009. Dementia is so hard to deal with-a useless GP makes it a whole lot worse. Dementia training for all GP's? I don't think so:eek:
     
  4. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    My husband can't use the phone and he can't understand the written word. Fortunately his GP understands dementia having lost her mum to it. Dementia training for GPs and all medical staff is essential.


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