Last week my GP offered to refer me to a rheumatologist as she felt unable to clearly diagnose the cause of my "new" symptoms. I deferred that offer in favour of trying to get an appointment to see the Endocrinologist who has looked after me for many years.
However, as the endo is fully booked and my symptoms don’t seem to be settling down let alone going away I took my GP up on the offer of a referral.
I took advice from a few of the replies I had received from my earlier post and did some Google research on rheumatologists in Nottingham.
So, I was armed and ready before I spoke to my GP with names and preferred hospital. However, I never got the opportunity to request anything as it would seem that referrals to rheumatology are now being triaged by a consultant who decides who you will be seen by and where you will sent to. I am so not liking the sound of that!
Apparently, the system only came in to effect for rheumatology referrals very recently.
At this stage I did not want to ask to see a consultant privately because I was concerned about the cost of tests that might be required. I am fortunate enough to have an agreement with my GP regarding my endo. I pay for the consultations and the GP practice cover the cost of my blood tests – which are extensive.
I am wondering if anyone else has experience of this new NHS system for referral in Nottinghamshire and if so how it has worked out for them?
Indeed, any feedback on Nottingham rheumatologists – good or bad – would also be welcomed.