I’ve discovered today that the urgent referral that my GP did almost three weeks ago has been dismissed by the consultant and I’m now on a six month waiting list to be seen.
I have had neuroligical issues for about 5 years now but over the past 12 months, they are becoming more frequent and more debilitating. I also have tinnitus, balance problems and now occasional swallowing difficulties.
My GP referred me as a routine at the beginning of Aug but just a week later, when my symptoms had become more severe and were affecting my daily living - he re-referred me as an urgent case.
Because I hadn’t heard from the hospital and today whilst out with the family, I almost collapsed, I rang the booking office at the hospital only to be told that the consultant has refused to accept the second referral.
My GP rang this afternoon after I informed the receptionist of my phone call and he is now trying to talk to the consultant and also get me a scan without a consultants referral. He also said that he had referred me to General Medicine as the Neuro waiting list was much longer.
I feel so frustrated and upset - I know there is something wrong - it’s as though my body has just given up and refuses to do what I ask of it.
I am a staff nurse and see on a daily basis how this system is failing 100s of people - it’s a disgrace.
Sorry for the rant, I’m normally so positive but if I’m honest - I’m gutted