Thanks for the advice you all gave in my last blog, I phoned the hospital yesterday to find out where I was on the list for my first appointment only to be informed that they only received the referral letter from the ortho doctor on 7 June and would get an appointment in about 12 weeks since is only routine first appointment . Working this out it will be the beginning of September before I could be seen, they said that the referral stated that was routine and no urgency was required, iam going to contact my gp next week and see if she can push things on as don't think will last until September. Or as suggested in my blog newbie that go private for initial appointment and then transfer over to the NHS just to get this process started. It is so frustrating when seen ortho doctor he said would get an appointment quicker as was internal and not being referred by gp but guess not the case. Why is this not urgent I thought that the earlier you are treated the less aggressive it can be? Sorry for the whining but in pain as you will all know and getting me down which is impacting on the family, was an active person but have had to slow down which is not easy you feel that still super woman and can still do everything and so does the family. Looked after the grandson for a couple of hours yesterday and after he left had to go for lie down and sleep, which was not like me!! Sorry for the moan but just had to get that off my chest. Hopefully today will be a better day for everyone.!!!!