"I still haven't seen a specialist"
About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / Gastroenterology (Stomach and Gut) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Gastroenterology (Stomach and Gut) AB25 2ZN General Practices in Grampian General Practices in Grampian
Posted by Huatulco (as ),
A trainee GP took my symptoms seriously and referred me to gastroenterology. The very first words from the Consultant as I sat down were "You don't have chronic pancreatitis". I had to ask the consultant to listen to my symptoms. Previous scans were checked and it was found that I have a pancreatic birth defect (unknown to me).
Various tests and scans were done. About 3 weeks later I noticed a new drug was added to my repeat prescription. I had to ask my GP practice for a doctor to tell me why. I received a phone call stating I had chronic pancreatitis and needed to take a drug every time I ate for ever. Almost 3 months later I still haven't seen a gastro enterologist, despite my GP writing to them twice. Today I was told I had to see a general surgeon in order to be seen by gastroenterology. ARI is deemed a "specialist centre" for pancreatic problems. Supposedly these are "... to improve quality of life by ensuring that people have the right treatment and follow-up, and get timely information and support after diagnosis. ".
To say that I feel let down is an understatement.