The last time I saw my rheumy nurse was October 19th. I told her that my foot was ery painful, not in the joints but underneath. She examined it and told me that the RA had damaged the soft tissue, causing my arch to drop and my foot to turn inwards. She said that she would refer me to see a podiatrist.
I patiently waited and waited and waited. When I hadn't received an appointment after 6 weeks (7th December) I tracked down the phone number for the central podiatry department and was told that no referral had been received or me. I rang the rheumy helpline ansaphone service, left them a message and a couple of days later to a reply saying a repeat referral had been made. Hurray I thought, bound to have an appointment date soon!
Well I heard nothing, so just after Christmas I repeated the process but this time I had to ring the helpline twice because no-one returned the call. Finally the rheumy nurse to back o me and said she would repeat the referral a third time and mark it urgent. Great I thought, that should get things moving.
I still hadn't heard anything, so today I rang the central podiatry department again and guess what? No referral has been received!! Of course I phoned the rheumy helpline again but I am still waiting for a response.
I feel lost in the NHS machine. I have been waiting in pain and with reduced mobility for 3 months and I don't know how to resolve this. To say I am fed up is an understatement!