I have been diagnosed with ET (approximately two and a half weeks ago) by Consultant haematologist. She put me on hydroxy 500mg daily and said I had to see her in three weeks. So....It is getting on for three weeks and no appointment through the post. Yesterday I phoned up the hospital and spoke to the specialist nurse (who is lovely by the way)...explained I work and need to know a date as it is getting close to three weeks. She said she would phone me back. Anyway, to cut a long story short my Consultant is off sick and will not be back until August. The day I phoned up the hospital a clinic had to be cancelled. Because of this situation they have made me an appointment to see the specialist nurse. So, my question is this; as a newly diagnosed patient who has been put on a chemotherapy drug is this acceptable? I am more than happy with the Consultant and feel strongly that I could have a good relationship with her long term. However, I am worried that there maybe a problem with staff shortages to my detriment. What do other people think?