After being told by my Doctor, and an NHS adviser, that I would be put at the back of the queue for NHS treatment if I paid for a first appointment at the cardiology unit of my chosen hospital, I have (finally) made a private appointment with an EP at the hospital and been told that this will help to get things moving quicker! It took me a little while to realise that the first appointment I was given on the NHS would probably be very general and I would then have to wait again to see the EP. I have been in persistent AF for over 4 months now and still angry that nothing was done during all the years it was paroxysmal. But...we move on. What I am now worrying about is whether an ablation will help (if offered) now that my AF is persistent. Has anyone with persistent AF had good results after an ablation? Thank you in advance. Without the information on this site, I would be waiting a further 5 weeks for a first appointment at the cardiology unit without knowing that I needed to see an EP.