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NHS Consults.
« on: January 27, 2005, 10:08:24 PM »
OK well last week (Thursday to be exact). I was given my x-ray results (Nothing wrong) and my GP sent off a referral for orthopaedics. I was told I would receive a letter saying they got the referral this week and I haven't. I was wondering if anyone know's how long it take's for GP's to write the referrals and when I should realistically get it. I doubted from the go I would get it this week. I just don't wanna be going down to the doctor's and taking more time off just to wait for an hour to ask the doctor if my referral has been sent or not.

Sorry I didn't know where to put this at all.

Anyone give me some insight in to what the initial consult will involve and how long approx. it would last as well?

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2005, 12:14:56 AM »
I got in a panic about his time last year - as I'd been told specifically that my cast should come off after 2 weeks (by the ski docs in Andorra). Eventually got an appointment (urgent) with the NHS OS which made it 4 weeks - and persuaded them to bring it forward a week   (3weeks) My gp (who was otherwise very supportive) could not understand my anxiety - but I'm glad I pushed - cos it took so long just to build up the muscles again after this period of inactivity). Just lean on them as nicecly as you can!

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005, 12:35:09 AM »
It is not always the GP that is taking the time to do the referral, but the practice secretary, depending on how many GP's she has to work for.  Your GP might have sent your letter off a few days after you had seen them.  It will then have to be processed through to the relevant OS.  It will either go directly to the relevant OS and his secretary will make you an appointment, or it may go to a central booking appointments office. 

I don't want to be the bearer of bad tidings, but sometimes you will not get a letter to say that they have received your GP's referral.  You may just get a letter with a date for your appointment.  Now, depending upon where you are in the UK depends on how quickly you get to see an OS.  Sometimes it can be up to 6 months, but this is probably a worst case scenario.

I know that when I was waiting to go to the specialised orthopaedic hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex, UK I had to wait 3 months before I heard from anyone, I then had to wait another couple of months before I got saw this January 12th.

The long and the short of it is that you need to be on at everyone.  Find out where your letter is and where it has gone.  Remember:  It is the people that shout the loudest are the ones that get heard.  Don't allow people to forget about you.  It is your health that you are looking after.  Don't be embarrassed to ask questions.

Initial consult can last a couple of minutes or a quarter of an hour depending upon what is wrong with you.  You will probably have to have another set of X-rays and may also have to have an MRI.  Although you will not get one of those on the day.  I am on the waiting list for an MRI and have been told that there is a 22 week waiting list for just the MRI.  It is crazy.  This is the only thing that my private insurance won't cover.    The OS will talk to you first about your problem and about the history of your problems and what pain you are suffering.  They will then examine your knee, just make sure you tell him exactly where it hurts!!

I am only going NHS this time at the moment as the treatment I am/might be having is an ACI and HTO and I am not sure whether I will be a candidate.  Once I know, I will then go privately.  Takes the stress of the NHS.

I wish you luck with your NHS route. 

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Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2005, 09:11:38 PM »
Well the NHS site has a waiting times thing to see how soon the next appointment is and it is something like 70 days i think. My referral has gone straight to the Northern General Hospital and it was my GP who was writing it out. If it doesn't come next week im going to speak to GP and phone up orthopaedics myself anyway.

5 years a go I was referred to orthopaedics at the children's hospita and I never got a letter. Although I should have because the GP got one. The waiting list was for like a year  then and still is something like that for the children's. But my parent's never got a letter s aying what was going on. Just worried that is going to happen again is all! Thanks for your help.

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2005, 11:39:50 PM »
If you don't hear anything soon, definately ring up - I (or rather my mum, lol) has whenever I haven't heard for a while, whether I've been told a timescale or not.

Its definately worth it just to make sure they've received it and to find out about specific waiting lists etc.

I hope you hear soon, I know how frustrating it is to be waitin,

Take care

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2005, 11:42:42 PM »
Ignore the NHS waiting times website, God only knows where they got their figures from!!. My OS's waiting times according to the NHS site is about 3 days for an appointment!. In reality I would have been waiting 12 months or more had I not have gone private!! :o

Try phoning the orthopaedic department in the hospital, have your NHS number or patient number ready and ask them when your appointment is.

Good luck,

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005, 02:04:46 AM »
I agree with Heather K from Wales  ;) ; Have all your particulars to hand and just impress the need to find out when you are going to be seen.  Tell them that you are in whatever pain you are in and if you are able to get to the hospital independently and quickly; tell them that you would be ready to accept any cancellations that fall before your appointment.  This way they know that you are keen to get in as quickly as possible.

Always keep on at them.  If they say that they have not received it on the Monday, call them on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday etc.  Make sure that you are onto them.  They will definitely get fed up of you and will do everything that they can to do this!!!  Just remember to always be polite and friendly!!   ;D  What can you loose!  ;)

I wish you luck.
Past History of L&R Knee
Bilateral OA
Medial Meniscal Tears
Lateral Releases & Medial Reefings
Ruptured LCL, MCL & PCL
Adhesions in the interconylar notch of ACL removed
Suprapatella plication
Debridements/Lavages
Deep chondral fissure in crest of patella
Awaiting MRI - LK
TKR - RK

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Re: NHS Consults.
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 05:30:10 PM »
Unfortunately I don't have my NHS number to hand. It is around here somewhere on an appointment card for when I went to fracture clinic but I dont know where that is now! I will probably just ask my sister to sort it lol. Her friend is one of the receptionist's at the GP so she should be able to find it out quickly! My GP said the waiting time was around 3 months at the most now anyway for first appointment. I will just wait until sometime next week to phone up if I haven't got it yet. It probably has already come but my parents have a tendancy to open all my letters and lose them.

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2005, 07:14:40 PM »
From what I remember, I had to wait around 3 months ish for my first appointment with an OS after my GP had refered me - so, it sounds about right.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2005, 08:53:36 AM »
You dont actually have to have your hospital and NHS number.  They can find you on their system by using your date of birth.
91 Mangled Right knee on trials motorbike
94 Meniscus Repair
95 ACL/LCLrec,notchplasty,bone graft
01 90% Menisectomy
02 Scope
03 ACLrec,LAD
OA,osteophytes
04 Ch'plasty, ACLdeb,Suprapatella mbr ex, haematoma
04 Scope
March 06 Scaphoid op/bone graft
Nov 07 Thyroid Cancer ops x 2, radiation















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