I'm sulking a little while I write this as I'm feeling sorry for myself. I thought I was finally getting somewhere (albeit slowly) but now it's all come to a standstill. My consultant wrote to my GP regarding further tests and sent me a copy. I had an MRI (booked in while with consultant) very soon after the letter arrived but the other test, a gastroscopy needed to be referred by my GP before an appointment could be booked. First I was a little miffed that after receiving a copy of this letter it somehow took over a week longer to get to my GP (they are a stones throw away from me), but I got over it. It then took two weeks to get an appointment with the GP. On explaining the need for the appointment, I was advised that a telephone appointment would be sufficient. Glad that no time from work was needed, I booked it. The appointment came and after all was explained my GP determined that she was unable to do it over the phone as she likes to have a chat about things first. Another week passed before being able to get another appointment. I went, no "discussion" took place and no information in addition to the original phone call was provided nor received. The outcome was that I got a referral note though and was told that I would have to wait 4 working days before calling to book it - this meant waiting again until the following week. I am now still waiting five weeks on for her to send the referral letter off so I can make this appointment. I have had to cancel my follow up appointment with the consultant and now it looks like I am going to have to cancel the one I made in its place. I am soooo cross. The appointment line seemed perplexed that this is happening and keep encouraging me to phone the Medical Secretary at the surgery. I have done this every week, and every time I get the same response - "She hasn't done it; we will red flag it and remind her, we will call you when it has been done.” I just don’t know what to do about it. I have the name of the practice manager to write a complaint to, but from what i’ve read online, these things are ignored by the practice and people don’t get even an acknowledgement letter. I almost feel that it will be another waste of my time. I could have moved to a different practice and probably had the referral by now. I know the waiting time was only 7 days at one of the nearest clinics too, I can’t understand why this is happening. Is she working to targets? I know she hasn’t been unwell or in holiday as I’ve checked that too, I am losing my patience quickly. Any advice would be welcomed.