I'm a newbie on this forum but I'm also on the BLF forum. My husband was a carpet cleaner for 25 years and, as a result, has developed osteoarthritis in his neck, foot and back. The pain got so severe that he was referred to a consultant at St George's Hospital in Tooting and went to an appointment on 8th December, was sent for a MRI scan on 4th January and was told he would be reffered to spinal and foot specialists and to physiotheray. So far so good.
He had the MRI scan then nothing. Then more nothing. We tried to get some information and finally managed to talk to the original consultant's secretary who confirmed that the referrals had been sent out. So we waited, and waited. He finally got an appointment in February to see the foot specialist in April. OK, that's fine but it's his back which is giving him the worst pain and we were still unable to get the MRI results nor an appointment. We did finally get to see the letter from the original consultant who diagnosed 'severe lumbar spondylosis' - what is that? - and after more chasing by phone and email he finally got an appointment for 11 July!!!! Is this normal? Seven months later? We've still heard nothing about the physiotherapy and when we phone the relevant department they tell us that they haven't received a referral.
We're now pulling out our hair so I bit the bullet and made him a private appointment with the same spinal surgeon. This took one email on Wednesday but he's booked in to see him on Tuesday. Result, but we're £250 out of pocket!
Sorry to sound so moany but is this the norm? I know the NHS are under pressure but 7 months from initial diagnosis to NHS appointment seems a bit much. Do you agree or is this what we should expect?
Many thanks for your time.