After visiting my GP following a diagnosis of RA. He drafted a letter to the local Rheumatology department at Hillingdon Hospital. That was two weeks ago and I haven't heard anything. So I phoned the hospital and they phoned back to say thay haven't recieved any referral from my GP! I phoned my GP and was told the referral went out the next day?!? The GP's office said that they would fax it too the hospital again. I had to find the fax number for them as well!
I have heard lots of tales about files being lost or going astray. Is this the beginning of one of those frustrating episodes when everyone says that it is someone elses fault and the only one who really suffers is me as I have to wait even longer for my treatment to start. Apparently the Rheumatoligy department has an 18 week policy, i.e. I should be seen within 18 weeks. I am kinda assuming that this is normal?
I also have to say that the rheumatology dept was very friendly and helpful.