There's a lot of criticism about the NHS at present so I thought I'd report something which would appear to be positive. I received (via velopost, very ecological) an invitation to go to a rheumatology review at the GP. I've got an appointment this afternoon and have asked via my rheumatologist at the hospital, for a steroid jab in my bum as the effects of the rituximab is wearing thin.
I'll post later about this. It suggests that the GP (a large group practice) is getting to grips with keeping a joined up treatment of RA. I imagine its an NHS Scotland initiative and could be very positive. I have suffered a lot because of difficulties of communication between GP and the hospital (mainly non response from the latter) but now I have a rheumatologist who responds quickly and I feel a bit more supported.
And dont we need it!
My knee replacement seems to be doing ok, the other one is crying out for a surgical treat, and is holding me back. I have the post-op appointment on Monday so then I'll know how long I will have to wait for the second op. It may not be until May in order to be synchronized with the rituximab infusion.