Hi folks we're from Kent, England. you may remember me from another post where I advised that I have ms and it's very likely that my husband has RA. He had his first appointment with a rheumatologist last week, all was going well (although the xrays and blood tests were not in the system) but fortunately, my husband had taken photos of his ankles when they were swollen. rheumatologist said, (after hubby had lots more xrays and blood testsI think I know what this is and we have to nip it in the bud.
He wrote urgent on a form and husband duly went to see a receptionist; where he was told that the first appointment available was in 3 months time. Husband remonstrated about this and was duly offered an appointment with a nurse in one month's time. Husband asked whether nurse would be able to offer a diagnosis or prescribe drugs.
Basically he came home furious and wanted to complain but by the next day he'd calmed down and didn't want to talk about it.
Can anyone tell me whether 3 months is a reasonable amount of time to wait for an urgent appointment and how much it would cost to pay for a private consultation to get a diagnosis. Thanks for any help you can give.