OK, I will try not to rant...but not easy!
I had my referral letter through last week - appt at the end of Jan, not too bad, but didn't say who it was. Today I got a call from my GP's secretary - it seems she was chasing it separately.
Turns out I am down to see the same consultant I saw last time - the one who didn't listen to anything I said, went on the (incorrect) opinion of the first consultant I saw and said there was nothing wrong with me! Really don't want to see her again, and asthma isn't really her thing so in any case I don't think I'm going to get far with my rather weird variety of asthma, even if she paid attention to what I said.
Rang the nurse on here who was really helpful; she said in my position she wouldn't want to see that consultant again either, and I should have had more choice (I never actually saw a Choose and Book form so didn't really get a choice of where to go) and to contact the surgery and say I want to see someone else.
I've also emailed my GP who has generally been great (except for the no-choice thing. I suspect it was the hospital who dumped me with the same cons though). Hopefully he will sort something out, but I'm not sure how much he can do and I bet there'll be a huge wait...arrghh, just before Christmas not best time for this to happen!
Sorry about kind of ranting after all...also, does anyone know a good way to actually find a consultant? For some reason there don't seem to be any asthma specialists in Oxford which seems odd! On the advice of the AUK nurse I tried NHS Choices and Dr Foster but the NHS one is out of date (a cons is listed who I know actually died a while ago) and Dr Foster gives about 400 names when I try to widen the search, including names in places I can't really get to, plus it doesn't really have that much info about them.