I have already posted this (drr) but it hasn't appeared. Probably ended up on someone's iPad as answer to their request for recipe for chicken soup!
Well I rang CCG ("if refused referral ring...") who gave me PALS number to ring. I know you're thinking same as I did - passing the buck. But no, the lady at Pals could not have been more helpful. I explained my appointment with GP, gave details she asked for and permission to deal with it. She rang back a couple of hours later saying I was refused because Sarah Mackie was more occupied with research and only had few clinics and I would have a long wait. This is such an outright lie. When I asked GP for Sarah Mackie's team he'd never heard of her, it was me who told him about her.
I think he refused my request because he was cross that I had asked for DXA, as my reason was that I was not happy to continue taking AA unless necessary. He said I should reduce preds 1mg every 4 weeks. When I said I'd a problem 9 to 8 so now I'm doing the very slow method it was obvious he was annoyed. So then my request to see a rheumatologist and SM in particular hit a nerve. I actually saw the balloon coming out of his head with the words written in blood, mine I suppose, "Who does this woman think she is ".
However the lovely lady from Pals said that they would try to refer me to Sarah Mackie. So I think now they will.