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    Hi all,

    Long story short, I have torn my ACL on my knee end of last year and can't say I have been happy with the docs I have seen at my local hospital in London (ironically, they have one of the best ortho dept in the country...:confused:), so I was recommanded an ortho doc up in Derby by a really close friend of mine; this doc up in Derby has treated my friend and is a really good friend to her family etc etc... anyway, he has agreed to see me to give me a 2nd opinion and possibly move over my treatment to his term all together. But now the problem, he only works for the NHS, so paying him privately is not an option. He told me all I need to do is to get my GP to make a referral and everything should be OK. He has also agreed to take me on as an extra, which mean I wouldn't have to be put on the waiting list, so everything is agreed from his side. However, when I last visited my GP, I mentioned this (it was before I made contact to this doc), my GP says my request might or might not be granted by my local PCT and it might take forever for such thing to go through. So my question is anybody has any personal experience with trying to get a 2nd opoinon on th NHS? I know what the system is like and what the NHS website says etc etc, so thanks to those who want to tell me what I already know. I am interested in personal experiences. I would pay him as a privta patient if I could, but sadly I can't hence have to pay this silly game with the NHS.

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    You don't have the automatic right to a 2nd opinion within the NHS. However, the BMA guidelines state "doctors should always respect a patient's wish to obtain one unless there are justifiable reasons for refusal, e.g. it is perceived that the patient might come to harm as a result."

    Information here: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/910.aspx...CategoryID=156
 
 
 
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