Got a dilemma

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Got a dilemma

Postby Zia2014 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:48 pm

Sorry for all the posts I'm making.

I've had a choose n book letter for my Rheumo appointment. One is my local hospital, a large nhs one. However there is also a private/NHS clinic about the same distance away .The NHS hospital has a 3 month-ish waiting list, the clinic is much sooner (saves about 2 months on the wait).

However, I really don't know whether to go for the clinic or not. They have some services, but not a specific fibro dr, and anyone with that knowledge works at other clinics around the country. They don't have a pool for hydrotherapy, and the pain management team only seem to do injections.

The hospital has a pool, but does not have a pain management team (and the pain clinic also at the hospital only does injections too). I have no idea if the consultant is a fibro specialist or not.

My gut feel is a consultant will only diagnose me then refer back to my GP (and my GP thinks that same). So I'm wondering if it's best just to go for the sooner appointment and then ask my GP for referrals to the pool etc. However, if I am diagnosed at the hospital I can then ask for an internal referral which would be quicker.

Gah! Help me decide, what would you do?
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby rich44 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:50 pm

I'd have thought if you went to the private clinic and needed something that only the other hospital does that they would then make an appt for you there. After all if you see the consultant at the NHS hospital they'd just make you the same appt for treatment?

I'd be inclined to go down the quicker route as it might get you in the queue for treatment sooner iykwim?
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby Zia2014 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:15 pm

They won't Rich, they're in a different town so tbh I'm surprised they've allowed me to go there even. I'm leaning towards the quicker appt, but an internal referral within the hospital will be so much quicker, and one plus is they have a hydro pool which I really want to try.
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby denys » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:09 pm

If I were you then go for the quicker appointment and then referrals from the doc but thats just my opinion
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby rich44 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:57 pm

Are you sure? I find it incredibly hard to believe that if you go to one see the specialist and need treatment another hospital offers they won't then put you on the list for treatment.

I've had similar from hospitals in different counties in the past they were both std NHS ones.

Also interestingly my mum had cataracts done recently she saw the NHS consultant who then referred her to a private hospital for treatment not only did they remove the cataracts they gave her laser sight correction at the same time all on the NHS!!

I was stunned when I heard that. My nan's just had the same done today too believe it or not.

They have to allow you to go where you like too as part of choose and book, if you live in Scotland you could choose a hospital in Cornwall if you wanted too.

Personally I think choose and book is a huge waste of tax payers money but it is what it is.
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby Zia2014 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:10 pm

I'm sure Rich, it's a private enterprise using NHS sites, it's a bit weird but that's how it is. I have decided to go for the quicker appointment after all, it saves me two months of waiting!
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Re: Got a dilemma

Postby rich44 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:52 pm

Yeah that's how it worked for the cataract op for mum & nan.

Weird but that's government for you
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