Can I please ask your opinion on a referral to a Consultant Rheumatologist made by my GP?
Over a week ago I went to see my GP because I was really suffering with PMR and especially knee pain too. I also have joint pain in both thumbs and one finger. I explained that my husband had been so concerned about my welfare that he had called a private hospital locally to see if he could arrange a consultation for me to see a Rheumatologist. He was advised that either way I would have to see my GP for a referral. So I explained this to my GP who then asked would you like me to refer you, of which I replied yes please but I would prefer not to have to pay to go privately, and could he refer me via the NHS? So my appointment has come through today which is clearly a private appointment, and also not until 7th October. If I did pay to go privately I would have hoped to be seen sooner.
I do intend to call my Drs surgery tomorrow and ask If I could be referred to the NHS. Maybe it has been an oversight by my GP....
My question is, are you PMR/GCA sufferers being offered NHS appointments to see Rheumatologists or are we expected to go privately?