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Occ health referral to see psychiatrist.

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by flickaz, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    Received my appointment letter today for a referral from the occ health dr to see a psychiatrist and was wondering if anyone else had been through this? I had been expecting this letter since November and now it's finally arrived I'm starting to panic (appointment isn't until mid-February). Can anyone tell me what will happen when I see this new doctor? Will he be able to prescribe or can he just provide a report? Also will this report just go to the occ health doctor or will they ask for my GP details to send a report to them? I know that nothing from this will go back to my headteacher, she didn't even get a copy of the appointment letter, but who else is informed of any findings and 'label' he may give me?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    Received my appointment letter today for a referral from the occ health dr to see a psychiatrist and was wondering if anyone else had been through this? I had been expecting this letter since November and now it's finally arrived I'm starting to panic (appointment isn't until mid-February). Can anyone tell me what will happen when I see this new doctor? Will he be able to prescribe or can he just provide a report? Also will this report just go to the occ health doctor or will they ask for my GP details to send a report to them? I know that nothing from this will go back to my headteacher, she didn't even get a copy of the appointment letter, but who else is informed of any findings and 'label' he may give me?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  3. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    I should imagine that it will be like a referral to the OH doctor in that they will offer advice. The only difference will be that it is specialised advice. They don't send OH letters to your GP.
    Do you get MH support from services? If you do you could ask them to write a letter saying what support you with your job.
     
  4. I was sent to a psychiatrist by Occ Health. In order to stay at work they had me seeing the OH doc every week at one point, but he said that it was way beyond his expertise, so I had to go and see a private psychiatrist at a plush hospital about an hour away. When I got there she had not been given the correct information - she thought I was off work and had been for 7 months. I had in fact only had 2 weeks off. She thought she was reporting on my fitness to return or be dismissed, so was at a bit of a loss as I had been doing the job with no adjustments, it was just that the OH doc was very worried about me. She had some depression questionnairs I had done with OH doc and said that with those scores she'd have probably hospitalised me, but that I was actually able to function. She wrote a report back to the OH doc, who then sent one to school which summarised her report.
    I'm very cynical, so I would advise that you be careful what you say. Specifics were not reported back to school, but things like 'very low mood, insomnia, disturbing thoughts' were.
     
  5. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    Well I'm generally very careful what I say to people anyway. It takes a lot of coaxing for me to even tell my close fiend some things. I'm not too worried about what goes back to school as my head has been amazingly supportive and knows pretty much everything anyway.

    Torey - I did end up going to my own GP. Saw the community MH nurse too and both agreed they would wait and see what happened through OH. Told this to Oh who said my GP should have referred me on anyway! So at the moment I'm just in limbo with a sightly reduced timetable and certain other things that can be put in place ie cover for my class, if i feel I'm having a wobble at school.
     
  6. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    OH are right. The MH nurse should know that all OH do is offer advice to school. They aren't going to help with any of the underlying issues. The most they can do is offer short term counselling.
     
  7. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    The problem is I work in a different area to where I live. The services OH could offer (even if it is short term) would be a lot closer to work which would mean less time off work. The services GP would refer me to would involve having to have a half day off to incorporate travel time and the actual appointment. Part of my issues involve me being very reluctant to have anyone teach my class. Strange I know but the way I see it is this year is very important (I teach year 6) and if anyones going to mess up it's going to be me since it's my responsibilty. If I mess up then I can deal with it, but if someone else messes up I'm not very good with dealing with it!
     
  8. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    I assume that you don't teach during PPA and your health is more important. Ask for the last appointment and that would mean less time off. If you can afford it you can always go privately and you will have more control then.
     

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