I decided to go private, when a problem I had with my voice. I make a living from it, and losing my voice or developing some sort of scary throat problem was a real fear.
So I said to my GP, refer me privatly, I need to get it seem to quickly whatever the cost. and he did.
a few days later, my appointment came for two three week from that point (all in all one month from reporting it to my GP)
I went two days ago and this was my timeline:
arrives at 11:40, for a 12:00 appointment.
Got seen by the specialist at 12:15, besides the fact that he diagnosed two separate potential illnesses, both of which I suffered from that are potential ways I could lose my voice, He also sat me up on his bench and fixed an ear problem there and then that I didn't even know I had. He instantly diagnosed me with the main problem I was having; allergic rhinitis, in my nasal passages and upper lungs, and told me the health status of each of my singing apparatuses, my nose, my soft palette, the back of my tongue, my larynx, throat and lungs. how allergies affect each one.
He sent me down "the hall" for an allergy test, which happened after a 10 minute wait at about 12:50.
Found out I was mildy allergic to cats, and SEVERLY allergic to dust-mites, Not allergic at all to pollen and a plethora of other thing.
I went back up, wrote me a prescription for 6 months of medicine to help clear the long term damage that was collecting in my sinuses, Diagnosed ANOTHER problem I had for years with my tongue, that I casually mentioned to him and never new what it was.
And me sent me off home.
Consultation 150 quid
Allergy testing 50 quid
Prescription 20 quid
just over 200 quid to fix something it would have probably take 5 years to even get looked at publicly. and solve 3 seperate medical mysteries that I wouldn't have even got around to mentioning to a consultant on the tight time scale of a public heath consultation.
Our public health system is a fucking DISGRACE!!!!
If you can at all help it, just go private.