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How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

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pixielox
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

Hi vix
i was 35 at the time i found my lump in march and my GP referred me as a non-urgent case due to my age and no family history. I was seen by a breast 'specialist' who said it was probably hormonal and not urgent so had to wait another 4 weeks for Ultrasound and mammogram - it must have looked dodgy cos i then only had to wait one day for biopsy. It was confimed as cancer and i was told had i had previous family history i would have been seen within two weeks.
I would advise you to chase this up and continue to do so until you have an appointment date. Go back to your GP and request an urgent referral - quote the NICE guidlines if neccessary.
Best of luck.

kernowdaisy
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

I had a 5pm appoint with gp who referred me, next day hosp rang with appoint,2 days later I was at hosp. within 1 week of seeing gp I had been dx, ct & bone scans were booked, surgery and treatment were being sorted and I had also seen onco.
I know mine was an very urgent referral.

JC1
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

Hi VixC
I found a lump back in May, saw my GP and was with the Consultant one day under the two weeks that I thought you had to be seen by. All my care has been under the NHS and they have been absolutely wonderful. The lump was removed within 5 weeks of finding it which would have been ok only I had to have further surgeries.
I really thought everyone now had to be seen within 2 weeks and there is enough to worry about wiithout wondering when you will get to see the consultant.
In my area it is a one day clinic, seeing the consultant, having any necessary tests and leaving at the end with a result be it good or bad news.
I am sorry you are having problems, I agree with the other replies to back and see your GP.
Good luck, hope you get your appt soon.
Jane

kms
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

Hi

You may want to read the guidelines on this link

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=5522#urgent

K xx

kms
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

hi VixC
I'm fairly certain that if you go with the NHS that the current criteria is that you should be seen in a breast clinic within 2 weeks of them recieving the referral.My Gp referred me online to my local hospital and i think she was able to tell me at the time of referral roughly how long the waiting list was.I had to do no chasing or anything.I agree with LooLoo about getting referred via the NHS.You can continue with your private appointment aswell,but i would go back to your GP asap and get referred so you can hopefully get good news and put your mind at rest.
All the best.
K xx

LooLoo
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Re: How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

Hi VixC

I started out privately thinking it would be quicker and it took me 4 weeks to get an appointment and I had to ring constantly chasing it up. I have since changed to the NHS. That too has had different problems and waiting issues. I think to an extent it is the luck of the draw but I remember what the waiting is like and would suggest you chase on a regular basis and maybe try to get referred through the NHS at the same time - it may be quicker. All the best to you and hope it is good news when you get seen. Best Wishes LooLoo x

VixC
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How long on ave are people waiting to see specialists ?

Hi all, I am 31 and found 2 lumps nearly 4 weeks ago that were confirmed by my GP. They referred me to a specialist and as I have health insurance I said to send it to them. I have still not heard about an appointment & when I chased up was told to ring the consultant myself. I am trying not to feel stressed & think the worse but this having to chase up myself is surely unacceptable or is it just me being too impaitient as normal, he is only there 1 day a week so it is very difficult to get through ?
My mum in law had BC last year so find it difficult to show how worried I am to my husband which I know is silly.
Good luck to everyone stay strong xx