Hi All. Most of you will probably know this but here's a tip, just in case anybody out there isn't aware...
Most hospital clinics run a 'cancellations' list so that they can fill appointments at short notice and it's quite easy to get yourself put on this list if you want to try and get a quicker appointment.
When you get your initial appointment letter, allocating you to a consultant / particular clinic, ring the hospital concerned and ask to be put through to the person who books appointments for that clinic - have your NHS or hospital number ready. Explain that you have a long wait for an appointment and ask if they have a cancellations list that you can be put on (most do). They will then contact you if an earlier appointment becomes available.
I have just managed to get a neurology appointment moved from 28 October to 23 September, and an endocrinology appointment moved from 8 December to 16 September! Waiting to see if it also 'works' for rheumatology appointment 😀.
It also saves the NHS from 'wasting' appointments!
Apologies if this is a case of teaching you to suck eggs... 😀