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    Im being referred to a specialist and my GP said the letter would come in the post. This is my first time and I would be grateful if those with experience could give an estimated time. Im not asking how long it will be until the appointment but how long until I receive the initial letter.

    The reason I ask is because the GP said to speak to the reception staff after my appointment and they seemed to be very confused when looking at the paperwork and unsure what to do which makes me worried. :o: I want to know how long I should wait until I give them a call.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Im being referred to a specialist and my GP said the letter would come in the post. This is my first time and I would be grateful if those with experience could give an estimated time. Im not asking how long it will be until the appointment but how long until I receive the initial letter.

    The reason I ask is because the GP said to speak to the reception staff after my appointment and they seemed to be very confused when looking at the paperwork and unsure what to do which makes me worried. :o: I want to know how long I should wait until I give them a call.
    I believe that a letter from your doctor (your copy of the referral) should arrive within about 2 weeks if you are being sent one, but depending on what it's for and the time of year I think it can take around two months or something for the referral to actually go through and for you to be contacted by whoever/ wherever you have been referred to.
    I'm not sure how correct that is, but it's been my experience if nothing else.

    I'd call after 2 weeks if you haven't heard anything and ask about it. You could also just call now and ask when you should expect it though.
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    I believe that a letter from your doctor (your copy of the referral) should arrive within about 2 weeks if you are being sent one, but depending on what it's for and the time of year I think it can take around two months or something for the referral to actually go through and for you to be contacted by whoever/ wherever you have been referred to.
    I'm not sure how correct that is, but it's been my experience if nothing else.

    I'd call after 2 weeks if you haven't heard anything and ask about it. You could also just call now and ask when you should expect it though.
    2 weeks isn't long at all. I was told up to 18 weeks for non emergency things.
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    2 weeks isn't long at all. I was told up to 18 weeks for non emergency things.
    Wow. Just for the letter saying you are being referred? My surgery must me super efficient then. :O
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    2 weeks isn't long at all. I was told up to 18 weeks for non emergency things.
    Just the letter and not the actual appointment date with the specialist? :eek:
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Im being referred to a specialist and my GP said the letter would come in the post. This is my first time and I would be grateful if those with experience could give an estimated time. Im not asking how long it will be until the appointment but how long until I receive the initial letter.

    The reason I ask is because the GP said to speak to the reception staff after my appointment and they seemed to be very confused when looking at the paperwork and unsure what to do which makes me worried. :o: I want to know how long I should wait until I give them a call.
    It can take quite a while. If you don't hear anything in a couple of months, get hold of your GP and double check with them because sometimes referrals aren't accepted or something goes wrong and they can't get a hold of you to tell you, or don't realise. I've had to wait up to about 10 weeks for the letter to come through, but that was for an incredibly busy specialist out of my catchment area. Sometimes they come in a matter of days, and sometimes it takes quite a while
 
 
 
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