Just to let you all know, checking up with you doctor works. If you read my question about being referred to a specialist about my gallbladder it will give you the background information. From that telephone call, I received a letter the following day from my GP confirming that I now have an appointment in two weeks! Hopefully my gallbladder and gallstones can wait that long, taking codeine and paracetamol 30/500 and tramadol for the pain. At times it's worse than childbirth! Hopefully the specialist will decide to remove it sooner rather than later the way I'm feeling at the moment.