Respiratory examination required by your own GP
Following your Vitality GP video consultation, the GP has recommended you see your own GP for a hands-on examination to check for respiratory (chest/lung) symptoms.
If your GP isn’t available, it may be appropriate for you to see a nurse practitioner at your GP surgery.
Reasons why the Vitality GP has recommended this course of action
The Vitality GP service always aims to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan, but due to your symptoms and the limited ability to physically examine you, it’s good clinical practice for you to have an examination.
To assist in diagnosing your symptoms:
- Your Vitality GP has requested that you have your chest listened to in order to rule out fluid in the chest, signs of wheezing or infection (crackles on the chest), and to decide if there’s a need for further treatment such as antibiotics
- If you have asthma, it’s also good practice to speak to your NHS GP surgery who will give you a thorough hands-on assessment and provide an effective treatment plan
- Based on the information you provided during your video GP consultation, it’s not safe to prescribe you any medication until you’ve had a hands-on examination
The benefits of a hands-on examination
- Your GP will be in a better position to decide if further diagnostic investigations are needed, such as a chest X-ray
- It will ensure you’re not referred for diagnostic investigations without medical justification
Tips for getting the most out of your GP appointment
- Share your consultation notes from your Vitality GP video consultation. You’ll find these under the ‘Video GP Consultation history’ button in your Vitality GP app
- You can either show your GP these notes, or if possible you can email them to your GP before your appointment using the ‘Email Summary’ button in the app