I was seen last Friday and was diagnosed with RA. Once he diagnosed he sent me for X Ray's and blood tests and advised me I had to return within 2 weeks so that he could review them and start me on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine. There were no appointments available on choose and book so the consultant told me to leave it with him and he would make sure that somebody would phone me with an appointment that afternoon. Well since then I have heard nothing despite phoning each day. I have asked if I can at least book the next available appointment so that I have something set in stone in case they can't get me in sooner,but the reception team are saying they can't as the doctor has not instructed them to book an appointment. They just keep telling me they will email him to chase him up. Today I managed to speak to a medical secretary who told me that the consultant i saw is a locum who doesn't often work there so he probably won't be seeing me anytime soon, but that nobody can book me an appointment until he gives permission?! So in desperation I have phoned a private hospital as I just want to start medication and hopefully feel better soon, but they said they can't see me as addenbrookes won't release my X-rays to them until my consultant has reviewed them!!
I'm feeling so cross and I've phoned PALS and they didn't know what to suggest either. I feel like I'm not going to start treatment anytime soon and it makes me feel anxious when he has said I need to be seen within 2 weeks based on the results of his physical exam.