Would you good people be kind enough to say if you have access to a Rheumatology Nurse? If so, how do you contact them, what part of the country do you live in & what sorts of things do they do? (joint injections, aspiration, drug counselling etc.) Also, do they have freedom to act on their own or do they just take instruction from the consultant?
The reason I ask is that in West Lothian, access via phone is reserved for patients on biologics. The rest of us only get to see the R Nurse if the consultant sends us. With a minimum wait time of 8 months between consultant appointments this doesn't make for a lot of professional advice to go round. I appreciate that resources are limited but just wondered what other people experience.