Having spent most of the day ringing the rheumy dept secretary and getting an answerphone I rang the main hospital appts centre. And yes (whoopee) I did have an appt today..And one on the 18th Feb. So I tooled along and reported to reception. I mentioned that I had been trying to get through to the secretary and was told ' oh yes she was off today'! Oh,so thats ok then if I needed to check wasnt it??? I saw the nurse at 4.50 (my appointment was at 4.10. Who was very apologetic about the mix up and a nice lady. Went through a thorough check on me and increased my mtx as my scores were up a bit and will see me again in 4 weeks if no improvement. Person I felt sorry for was an old lady (70+) who I heard telling someone she had been waiting an hour. Then a nurse came out to tell her she couldn't be seen as they had lost her notes from the doctor!! So my problem diminished in importance. As is usual with that generation she took it so well and calmly. Me I would have been dictating a letter to the CEO of the health trust!!!