With record numbers of people complaining they have been unable to speak to a GP for weeks, let alone see one face to face, getting help can feel like an impossible task. Even when you manage to get medical advice, this usually means pain medications which you may not want to take, find don’t help you or may even disagree with you giving you unpleasant side effects. What options are then available if the above applies to you?
A referral to be seen by specialist hospital services is unlikely to be a quick process with these new sobering figures published by the BBC* showing 6 million people are ALREADY on NHS waiting lists ahead of you. More worryingly 1 in 20 have been waiting over a year for routine operations such as a new hip and knee.