"Why do you have to see a nurse before you get a referral?"
Posted by Mr Angry (as ),
I hurt my shoulder in a fall and I am now waiting to see a specialist at Torbay.
However I have to say that I feel the DART process is an over-bureaucratic waste of my time and the health service's precious resources.
Why do you have to see a nurse for blood test, body weight check, blood pressure etc before you can even ask for a referral? When you ring up to make an appointment with the specialist the DART team have to process you, why when with choose and book everything was done at the doctors on the day of your diagnosis?
I have not received any correspondence with Torbay as the DART team is based in Newton Abbot and apparently the communication is patchy between them. So I have to turn up at Torbay and hope I have an appointment. What a farce the NHS is becoming.