View Full Version : About Diagnosis in the UK and the evil GPs that try to get in the way..


Jeweller
01-16-13, 02:02 PM
I've read a lot about all of your experiences with getting diagnosed in the UK.

I got an appointment at the Priory, Altrincham for Monday. I thought the Ģ260 and the train ride there where all that I had to worry about.

But apparently I need to have a referral letter. The Priory secretary seemed to think it was easy, all I had to do was call my GP and they would fax over a letter.

But I called the GP practice and each time they have told me different things, get an appointment, just come in, we will call you back, we are too busy etc.

(I have already spoken to my GP about my brain fog and short attention span and mentioned ADD, she said that it could not be diagnosed in adults anyway and told me to get some psychiatry sessions first and then see how I feel.)

Has anybody gone through this step before getting private consultation? Any help would be greatly appreciated. :rolleyes:

SquarePeg
01-16-13, 02:34 PM
I donīt see the problem. I asked for a referral letter from my GP when she refused to treat me for an underactive thyroid gland. My blood test was 0.001 within the range, even though I had all of the symptoms.
She said she was confident that given time my blood test would be outside the range and then she would treat me.

She wrote a snotty letter saying that she had given me a diagnosis and I wasnīt happy with it.
I donīt see how your doctor can refuse to write you a letter.

Jeweller
01-17-13, 01:58 PM
I just wanted to get an appointment to the Priory, but they asked me for a referral.

I called my GP and they did not agree to give me one. My doctor wants me to set up an appointment.

What is she doesn't give me a referral?? Isn't it my right if I am paying all this money for private?

She probably doesn't believe me/ doesn't want to refer me, so what do I do at this point?

Please help.

Fuzzy12
01-17-13, 02:54 PM
Even if you see a private doctor you need to get a referral from your GP. I also think it's common to be given a referral after your GP has actually seen you. I know it's annoying but I guess, the reason for discussing your issues with your GP first is so that the GP can make sure that you really need to see a specialist and which specialist that should be. I imagine that this is to save yours and the specialist's time (and your money). In most cases, if you are paying your GP shouldn't have a problem referring you even if they don't believe that you need to see a specialist.

MY GP didn't believe that I had ADHD but she was happy to refer me to see a private specialist (after I'd met her).

columbo
01-17-13, 05:06 PM
There are guidelines from NICE regarding the treatment of adults with ADHD, so your GP was talking rubbish. See a different GP.