I have a very painful joint at the base of my left hand thumb. I can't hold things firmly if it means using that thumb, so undoing jars is out, and I can't hold very small or thin things at all, so picking up a sheet of paper or a pin with my left hand is hopeless. It often hurts even when I'm not trying to use it, when I'm out on a walk for instance, and holding the steering wheel or Felix's hand can be a torment so on the whole it aint much fun.
My GP has referred me to my local 'Advanced Primary Care Service' to have a cortisone injection. This isn't a consultant, or even a proper hozzie appointment, it's a group of ordinary GPs who do this on the side. He actually referred me in December, today they sent me an initial appointment for March 22nd. When I asked them for the NHS target from initial appointment to treatment I was told 18 weeks. (For a simple jab !!!)
So that's going to be another few hundred quid going to Nuffield. Whose hands is the NHS safe in??