I have had a bit of a shock, my next scheduled Rhuematology appointment has been replaced with a telephone consultation. Anyone else have this happen. I am assuming this is to take the weight off the consultants? I was totally unprepared for this, more so given my GP recently requested I was seen sooner than my scheduled appointment due to complications of my SLE. Now I am being irrational in thinking the department are fed up with my GP's request, and ultimately me.