On previous posts my GP has referred me to an NHS endo in 1 of 3 Bristol hospitals: the BRI, Southmead and Frenchay. I opted to go to Southmead as the waiting time is much shorter at 73 days and my appointment is at 8.45am on the 4th March 2014.
When I saw my GP about this appointment and told her the time and date she remarked it was very far away and was hoping I would get seen much sooner. However, it's all booked via Choose and Book and I'm only able to change the time and date, not the hospital, which is frustrating.
Because of the way I've been feeling, the high TSH (4.6 with normal 0.27-4.2) and high antibodies (41,000 with normal <34) that I have, is there anything specific I can say when calling the appointments line about changing the slot to an earlier one from a cancellation?
My GP has requested a repeat blood test for thyroid function to be done mid-January (which is now booked for 20th with a follow-up on the 27th) but surely if I've got this appointment for March there will be another blood test added as I seem to be getting these tests every month now! Am I being tested too frequently?
Also, when I looked at Frenchay's and the BRI's waiting times they were much longer at 90+ days so I really don't know what to do. Should I stick with Southmead and ask for an earlier date and time or change my decision to go to the BRI? Frenchay is a lot further out of my area than Southmead and the BRI is in central Bristol.
Thanks for any help.