UPDATE 20TH APRIL: whatever the secretary did, it seems to have worked! Appointment for 1st session of Respiratory Physio will be on 11th May😊👍🍾.
Much relief, and gratitude for an efficient secretary!!
I was referred(by my chest consultant who had eventually diagnosed my bronchiectasis in April last year) for respiratory physio on 7th September last year. I have a copy of his letter in which he states he is referring me. Nothing happened and, because of the pandemic I waited, and waited, and waited. I mentioned in my last telephone consultation with him that I hadn't had an appointment, and he said how important it was to have the physio and told me to phone them. Knowing how phone messages get mislaid in hospitals, I wrote to physio enclosing a copy of consultant's letter from 7th September. Yesterday they phoned me. THE CONSULTANT NEVER MADE MY REFERRAL. He basically forgot to do it. As I was so upset, my husband phoned the consultant's secretary and she has promised to speak to him about it next week. Back to square one. With the horrendous rise in the cost of living I cannot afford to go private for this. And yes, I have seen numerous YouTube videos and read loads of articles on lung clearance techniques, but need the good old NHS to be hands on. I want to know I am doing it properly and if necessary have the relevant devices that I need to use. This month marks one year since my diagnosis. One step forward and two back!!!