First appointment

Katherine Member Posts: 4
edited 29. Sep 2023, 08:31 in Living with arthritis

Finally I have a date for my diagnosis appointment with rheumatology at the end of October.

All ready feeling a little apprehensive not sure what to expect, any advice greatly appreciated.


  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 605

    Hi @Katherine

    I'd write down any questions you have in advance and present them to the rheumatologist as soon as you see them. I'd also take a notebook and pen so you can write down anything useful they tell you. I had a 6 month rheumatology appointment last week and in the hospital I go to they are down to 15 minute intervals - though my rheumatologist was kind enough to give me double that. I'd ask about the other services you could be referred to if you need them. I've previously been referred to a pain clinic, podiatry, occupational therapist and both in person and online one to one physio.