"Not just about Swindon but all the NHS"
About: The Great Western Hospital The Great Western Hospital Swindon SN3 6BB
I live in Wales but am looking after a relative near Swindon. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have recently suffered an attack making it difficult and painful to walk short distances. On appealing to have my knees aspirated at three health centres, I have been told
a. I would have to wait 11 weeks if I registered as a temp patent for referral to a rheumatolgy department.
b it could not/would not be done at a doctors surgery because my records are not available
My question is , If I were from a European country, using my European Health Insurance Card would I have to wait 11 weeks to be refereed and would aspiration also be declined because on no records.
Should I have used my EHIC when asking for treatment?
I am left with the need to drive 140 miles to get treatment nurses say I need urgently or risk permanent damage.
I have found all the staff helpful but embarrassed by the system