Happy New Year, everyone!
A couple of questions – I'm looking to get an endo referral but when I spoke about this with my GP a while back, he said he wasn't able to refer me himself. The best he could do was tell me that if I tested positive for Type 2 Diabetes (I've been bumping along the borderline for years) and attended a diabetic clinic, a doctor there might refer me if they thought I was a suitable case. Is it true that a GP can't refer you to an endo?
A friend of mine (hypo/hashis) has recently seen an endo in my area who impressed her, so my second question is, what's the best way to get a referral to a specific endo? Ideally, I'd like to see him as an NHS patient, but as he offers private appointments too, I was wondering if it might be worth trying to see him privately initially, in the hope of him then contacting my GP to request an NHS referral? (Getting on his radar, so to speak – but I'm not sure if the system works this way.)
Thanks in advance for any comments.