The other day I went to the doctors and saw the triage nurse to ask for some antibiotics to sort out the infection in my gum.
I know I’ve got an infection in my gum because I had it about a month and a half ago and I know I need some antibiotics because that’s what the dentist prescribed me last time. But could I get a doctor to give me a prescription? Could I bollocks.
The nurse looked at my gum and agreed that it was red and looked infected. She went and talked to a doctor but the answer from the doctor was “take ibuprofen and if it gets worse go to the dentist”.
Doctors aren’t dentists and I accept that but they are capable of diagnosing an infected gum, just as they are capable of diagnosing an infection anywhere else in the body. There is no reason why I should have to pay to spend two minutes in the dentists chair just to get a bloody prescription for some antibiotics.
In case you’re wondering, it’s getting better now after 3 or 4 days of pain and enough ibuprofen and paracetamol to sedate a bull elephant.