I waited it out too, from what I heard if you don’t have the “test” type stuff also done privately the NHS might not treat as too urgent - I have no idea if there’s any truth in that BUT I had both my Osteopath and then the consultant at the spinal unit saying I should not book to have my MRI done privately as I was entitled to it and needed it and would have been mega costly if private as I needed so much MRI work.
OK, my diagnosis was a tad on the backwards approach, I was referred to neuro after the spinal MRI but I did consider going private for gastro stuff, again I stuck it out and quite bizarrely sent to the private hospital for a stomach MRI and on my 3rd appointment and a lot of tests, did actually meet my consultant (the same one I could have paid lots of money to see privately) he was just as baffled with their findings and didn’t discharge me yet.
Sorry, waffled a bit there BUT the suggestion I was going to make: is there a reason to have your surgery support your appointment is urgent?
My spinal MRI showed a problem and the spinal unit wouldn’t even speak to me, instead they referred me to my GP, to refer me to neuro! I spoke to my GP about the referral and he did believe it was urgent as he was aware I had problems walking. So when my appointment came thru with a 12 week wait I was furious! BUT I called my surgery and asked nicely if there was anything they could do - they suggested I speak with my GP’s secretary, I did and then I heard nothing.
However, about a week later the hospital called me and said they’d been asked to bring my appointment forward - bingo, I was seen the following week. I’d strongly recommend you speak to your surgery