I developed a rash on one of my fingers, then I got a strange red mark on another finger on the same hand. The middle joint on both of the affected fingers then swelled up and became painful. This took about a week and a half to happen at which point I went to a pharmacist (as we are advised to do) who said that I should see a GP. When I phoned the GP clinic to make an appointment I got the feeling I should be in more discomfort before seeing a GP, so I cancelled the appointment, and at the time of writing I am hoping that it will get better on its own.
When I was younger I did not stress about going to see my GP (who was always the same person, it was a very stable organisation). I did not have to worry that I might be putting the health service under extra pressure unnecessarily. No one that I am aware of ever thought to consult a pharmacist first, because the whole point of the primary care GP was that they were the first port of call, the clue is in the name 'primary care'. I remember seeing my GP without fear for relatively minor issues like hay-fever and acne. Now I am worried about presenting anything that might be seen as trivial or time wasting, but at the same time I am worried that my rash and joint pain, which has not yet gone away, will get worse or is a sign of something serious.I don't make many appointments to see my GP, and things seem to have changed a lot. When I phoned up I was at first referred to their website, but I stayed on the phone to speak to the reception. Their website is slightly confusing, but thankfully not as bad as this.