I fear that a few of us will be receiving these as mine arrived today . Net message is that they don't have the capacity to treat newly diagnosed patients so the stable ones are being discharged back to their GPs and more local hospital clinics. Not impressed! Whilst my GP is very helpful, I don't think she would consider herself knowledgeable on the issues. As for my local hospital, last time I was in I walked out at the weekend because I could see I was heading for trouble by staying in as an in patient with the lack of care and understanding that was evident. I am also supposed to be on their Rheumy books and seen every 12 months but they haven't been in touch for years!
St Thom's do say that GP can seek advice from them but from my letter, any such arrangements are not specified and as the GP is only getting a copy letter, I doubt they give more info there.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is primarily down to government cuts and them not funding St Thom's driven. I think this is so short sighted, I can just imagine the bill that will result from some of us now finding ourselves back in hospital because we will not have been monitored properly. My useless Tory MP and the govt minister can expect a letter in the strongest terms.