Three weeks ago I gave my experience with my GP when I asked to be referred to a Rheumatologist. He said no and to return in 6 months. However, after reading all your comments I decided to do as Kate suggested and printed a copy of the British Society of Rheumatologists guidelines and made a further appointment. I told him that I was very concerned that he refused not to refer me to a Rheumatologist and gave him a copy of the guidelines. He said he was aware of them and would read them later. By this time I was getting very upset and said to him because of a misdiagnoses by his predecessor I was blind in one eye, I didn't want the same to happen again. He said because he was new to the practice he wanted to read my notes and know a little more about my background. He then looked at his watch and told me that time was up and that his next patient was waiting. If I had any further questions to make another appointment. What my next move is I'm not sure, but I will definitely not be seeing him again. I am managing the reduction of prednisolone myself and so far it's going ok.