How to get your GP to get a referal ?

GalaxyA12 Member Posts: 72
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:07 in Living with arthritis

Hi i have a recent diagnosis of Osteoarthritis together with past muscularskeletal damage from a past severe whiplash car crash ten tears ago and physical jobs wear and tear diagnosed 4 months ago. i am a physical person was Hillwalker and Dog owner still living up 3 flights of stairs controlling as best this condition is critical for me.Please any tips or experiences of how to get GPs to help? Thanks Only positive is Hillwalkers always get to the top and same goes for a health condition they always manage this somehow. Thanks very first post.


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 906

    Hello @GalaxyA12 and welcome to the community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that that will be your experience as well.

    I understand that you have osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal damage and are trying to get a referral from your GP. In the past I have found that the only way is to be persistent with the GP,. Maybe others on this community can give you other hints and tips. We have a website full of information and also our Helpline - you could try them. To help I've put a couple of links below.

    Please do keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure that others will connect with you and share their experiences and support as well.

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  • nicholaj
    nicholaj Member Posts: 64

    My GP referred me to the musculoskeletal clinic and I have had one appointment with a very experienced physio which was very helpful. Could you ask for such a referral?

  • GalaxyA12
    GalaxyA12 Member Posts: 72

    nicholaj thanks. After many efforts a GP muculaskeletal experienced said if after Bloods testing only then depending upon results would he refer me to a Rhumatologist "if it's quote "only Osteoarthritis" he said then he could do nothing". I don't give up. Always smiling.