Why dont our GP want to refer patients, my Granddaughter is 27 tomorrow and has APS, ITP and Lupus. She has had to Strokes and numerous TIA's and for the past ten year under our local hospital has had little help with all of this. Her immune system is rubbish and she has just come out of hospital after having sceptecemia. I am trying to get her referred to Prof. Beverley Hunt at St. Thomas'. Her local GP has done to referrals but sent them to the wrong hospitals, Kings and Guys who both rejected them because Prof. Hunt doesnt work there, I have even been in to the GP with the full address and fax number for Prof. Hunt which her secretary gave me a couple of days ago, but the GP says he has to get permission to refer to St Thomas' so here we are waiting again, its been 10 years now. We dont have a specialist in Northants to deal with APS, ITP or Lupus, so what is the problem with referring her?