Not too well up on the medical terms I'm afraid.andym said:Why did they prescribe an inhaler?I presume it was something like Ventolin?
Thanks alot for the reply, fingers crossed thenandym said:Thats Ventolin,a broncho dilator.I dont think its a problem as you dont have asthma.Must have been a humdinger of a chest infection!Cant see it being a bar to your joining up process.
Salient points:snapdragon said:I wouldn't worry, as long as you tell them it was a chest infection. I was a little worried about the inhaler thing too, but i know deep down i haven't had asthma ever- just hayfever induced wheeziness. The medical test doctor only asked anyway, they don't seem to check up on anything.
If I may quote from the DoH guidance?nutty_bag said:get yourself a flu jab to stop the nasties returning!!
APNThe target groups for the 2006 to 2007 influenza season are listed below.
Vaccine should initially be given to those in groups 1 and 2 and then to the remaining groups, in order, as vaccine becomes available.
1. Those aged 65 years and over
2. Those aged over 6 months with underlying medical conditions such as:
* Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma*;
* Chronic heart disease;
* Chronic renal disease;
* Chronic liver disease;
* Diabetes mellitus#;
* Those with impaired immunity due to disease or treatment.
3. Those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities (but not including prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence).
4. Those who are in receipt of a carerâ€™s allowance, or those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. This should be given on an individual basis at the GPâ€™s discretion in the context of other clinical risk groups in their practice.
5. In addition, NHS employers should offer immunisation to employees directly involved in patient care, and social care employers should consider similar action for staff in nursing and care homes who look after older people. Influenza immunisation of staff can reduce the likelihood of transmission of influenza to vulnerable patients.
As there is a considerable social stigma associated with 'asthma' I think most doctors would find it hard to justify giving out inhalers unless there were good clinical grounds.snapdragon said:Asthma certainly is a killer- a concept not helped by doctors doling out inhalers at the first sign of a cough.
Wouldn't surprise me.Brains said:As I understand it, there are quite a few asthmatics in the Service... they're just not allowed to have had it before they joined. Apparently, quite a lot of people 'mysteriously' develop it once they're in. I've heard it referred to by the scab-lifters as asthmatics anonymous.
Is this true?
I do think it's quite interesting that YOIs, prisons & university halls are excluded - I can remember from being a student how (especially in the New Year) chest infections spread like wildfire in halls.nutty_bag said:Thanks for that, wasn't aware of the age remit as i had mine done as per section 5 highlighted above.
Yeah. I had a terrible chest infection when i was in my first year of university, took some echinasia extract to clear my chest. Worked a treat!! yes i would get your jab done, i've had nothing but old dears with chest infections at work of late.all_purple_now said:I do think it's quite interesting that YOIs, prisons & university halls are excluded - I can remember from being a student how (especially in the New Year) chest infections spread like wildfire in halls.nutty_bag said:Thanks for that, wasn't aware of the age remit as i had mine done as per section 5 highlighted above.
Must go & get my section 5 vaccination.
I know it's not the best system the world has ever seen (ahem) but I would have thought it was robust enough not to reward them financially for dishing out inhalers to non-asthmatics.andym said:It did indeed used to be a Bar to entry also grounds for Medical Discharge.it looks like times have changed.As to the Gp doling out inhalers,they were most likely doing it to get their GMS Contract points,they currently stand at well over Â£125 each!!!