It’s likely that some people happen onto my blog when Googling for Adult ADD or Adult ADHD. It’s for you and any other interested readers that I write a few words on my ongoing referral situation. The rest of you can skip the drama and go look at my pretty flickr pictures. 😛
I just found out today, after several emails back and forth with the patient liaison for Maudsley, that apparently my referral was received from my GP in September and rejected by letter on the 27th of September 2006. I just found this out. By email. Because I kept asking. Notice, it’s 20 March 2007.
This spun me into quite a teary, blubbering, boogery mess. I wrote back. Intelligently and everything. Even through biting my lip with a snot dribble from my nose to my desk I managed a calm and collected reply. I have strength squirrelled away in secret places for just such occasions.
After hitting SEND and proceeding to leak more shocked disappointment from my face onto my desk, I re-read the email chain. Then it hit me- there is a MAJOR discrepancy in this timeline: my GP was still asking me for information (records from the US) in late October. He sent my referral in after that. Which means…
Right. How could I be refused before the referral letter was received?
I’ve been in contact with the patient liaison several times today. This person is professionally sympathetic and helpful though the timeline problem is not his. I have to go to the Primary Care Trust for that one. And I certainly will. I have a treatment history and, at the very least, deserve evaluation.
So, as you can imagine, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster day. I feel quite abandoned by the system but am not giving up. Something went dreadfully amiss with my referral process and I will not back down until it is rectified. I may have to ask my US therapist for further assistance, but I will get a door opened somehow.