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Date: 22.09.2009
From: jill

Subject: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Hi all.... Goota mention the appointment system....if a GP says i will refer u to a rhummy, and u ask " how long b4 I see him" he will say" soon, or few weeks"... this is, its not in their control.... it can take 18weeks from referal to c a specialist!!....and with regards a surgeon, they r like the GPS....they have NO IDEA od the waiting list game!...if a letter from a gp says he will mark it Urgent, trust me, it wont be, it will be a normal routine waiting time..... if the letter says routine, that means even longer! however I know there r limits to the times and waiting list times.....but there is also something else that they r clever at doing!.....they make u and send u the appointment may a few months/ weeks away, and everyday we r thinking " goood another day till I c the Specialists etc..... then about a week b4 your 'so callled written appointment' U get a letter saying SORRRY but we need to cancle your appotment..... and they send u another date that is even further away!!!! this is common and its just they send u the first appt to shut ya up! and to keep within government figures! OK this has happened to me a few times..... and guess wot, It wont happen to me again...becos I wont stand for it...I ring Up the specialists secretary and explain everything....niceley pf course, and over a period of time tnhey kinda get to know who u r lol...... works for me......so all in all, what im saying is DONT WAIT....ITS IN YOUR POWER TO DO SOMETHING LIKE RING THEM!!!!

hope this helps.....
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Date: 22.09.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

thanks for warning will expect letter any day will let u know if they do hope not need answers. how do u know who to ring is it on letter?????
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Date: 23.09.2009
From: jill

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Val doubt they will, but its thier way of keeping numbers down and looks goood for them on paper, as they have a set time they MUST see u....Val if your appointment was goona get cancellled, they wld have done it by now....so dont u worrry ok....was upset for sandie, cos she wrot4e a post saying her appt been cancellled ...thatss y I wrote the post lol... your be fine...remember to have clean nickers on lol...he will have u stripped down to ya nick nicks lol........ nar kidding.... my m8 went, she has R.A. sisnt know that she was going to have to take her trews off, but she always goes commando ewwww, no nickers on.....lol she was well embarrased lol....ps wear a skirt, they let u lift it up and they alwasy cover your lower half up, so dont worrry ok. also wear a little t shirt under any tops u mite wear, again u feel like u arre not naked....wont come to that anyway... xx
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Date: 23.09.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

why do u have to take a sample. what will that show them if u can aim lol
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Date: 24.09.2009
From: jill

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

lol nooooo cos they want to seee what your Joints look like, swollen etc.... lol u r funny Val x
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Date: 24.09.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

ok if wee shows that why all the blood tests do they like sticking needles in lol. want answers want help do not want to go hospital lol got bloke who sounds forien(how do u spell that lol) so should be so much fun can not wait. off work the following week so hoping to get away some where cheep and warm lol will have look around sat see what on offer shoulder realy aching today and hip . silly me not taken any pain meds no wonder lol
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Date: 25.09.2009
From: jill

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Val U daft mare!!!! grrrrrrrrr no wunder ya in pain Innnit!!! ya stubbborn Taurean u! keep those meds topppped up... ya neeeed em......xxx. Val has Lynnn been on, thort I saw a posting of hers????
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Date: 25.09.2009
From: val h :-)

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

she has not been on much been in pain same as della
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Date: 30.09.2009
From: jill

Subject: Re: RHUMATOLOGIST APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Val just wondering if Lynne has got fed up with the forum? she always gave so much Input, and helped so many, as well as very funny...such a shame....hope shes Ok... did u ever find her on facebook? know she said she was trying to work it all out, on facebook etc.......
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