I have a friend who has been in pain for some time now and blood tests have show that something inflammatory is going on..she has a wait of 21 weeks to get a Rheumatology appointment blow the 12 week target...if that’s even a thing now?!
However, I’ve just seen on Twitter that the average wait in Belfast is 4 years!!!!!
1) NRAS are shocked to find the average wait time for rheumatology appointment in Belfast is 4 years.
NRAS campaigns for people living with RA and JIA on important issues such as wait times and improving the lives of people living with these diseases.
I’m not going to knock the NHS as they do an amazing job under enormous pressure but surely thinga have to change, I guess Rheumatology will always come bottom of the list? I’m just reading a book at the moment called THIS IS GOING TO HURT by ADAM KAY, he used to be a junior doctor and it’s a collection of his diary entries during his 6 years of medical training..it’s both hilarious, very sad and brutally honest at the same time. It’s not a plug for the book but a real insight into the pressure medical staff especially junior doctors face every day.
We truly have to learn to fight our corner with an auto immune condition..and you definitely become more strong willed...sometimes I feel like I’m telling my Consultant what to do and what I need...just wish I had his salary!!
Best wishes to everyone 😊