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Re: [IPk] GP Referal to Runsweet

Hi Paul,

I'm not an expert, but AFAIK you can tell the GP you want to be referred
anywhere, and the treatment cost comes back to your local PCT.  I asked for a
referral to Guys in London to see prof Pickup when I was trying to get a pump,
and just went to the GP and told him that is what I wanted.  He was reluctant,
but after some pressing he did it for me.

Also I would join phrendo, as lots of people there training at a very hgh
level, routinely doing marathons/ultras, triathlons and ironman comps, they
will ave lots of knowledge to impart, maybe something will work for you...

With every good wish,

T1 Essex, UK.
minimed 515 pump
Current A1C February 2011 5.7.

Help diabetics to reach their full potential through athletic endeavours:

--- On Sun, 12/6/11, Paul Coker <email @ redacted> wrote:

From: Paul Coker <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IPk] GP Referal to Runsweet
To: email @ redacted
Date: Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 9:53


Can anybody tell me what my rights are for a referral from my GP?

On the 9/10 July 2011 I will be part of a team that is doing the 3 Peaks
Challenge to raise money for JDRF.  I was dx in July 1977 and have been
pumping for 4 years now, without the pump there is no way that I could
consider this challenge.  I have been training hard for almost a year now
and experience lots of hypos when hillwalking and for a few days after.  I
have been reducing my basals, monitoring my heart rate during exercise and
performing bg tests every 30 minutes during exercise and have become expert
at treating the hypos before they happen whilst exercising but the sting in
the tail is the post exercise and nocturnal hypoglycaemia which still
catches me out.  I have been trying to get a referral to Dr Ian Gellan's
clinic in High Wycombe which is a specialist clinic for diabetes and
exercise (www.runsweet.com) but my GP is reluctant because the clinic is
outside of the PCT.  Do I have a right to insist or should I just find a new

I have written to the GP explaining that it is better to manage the problem
proactively rather than wait to be airlifted off of a mountain or to call
the paramedics in the middle of the night because of hypoglycaemia but this
does not seem to persuade him.   I have also been to see the GP over this
and the answer is still negative.


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