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Re: [IPk] GP Referal to Runsweet

Hi Paul
I asked my GP to refer my son (plays high level sport) to Dr Ian Gallen at  
Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire...I think he runs 'Runsweet'.  Dr Gallen  
would have been happy to take the referral only my son was too young at the 
 time.  Your GP or consultant should be able to do this for you  though...
Mum of Joel, 12...dx March 2003. Pumping Animas 2020 since July  2006. 

In a message dated 13/06/2011 16:54:39 GMT Daylight Time,  
email @ redacted writes:

Hi  Paul

Your right to be treated at your choice of hospital is enshrined  in the  


However,  if you are already being seen at a clinic, your rights are
different - you  only have the right to ask for a second opinion, your GP
doesn't have to  honour it.  However it seems that you have a clinical need 
diabetes  & sports, so I would major on that; you are a keen sportsman and
need  specialist help.  Don't major on a single event.

Hope that  helps

Type 1 since 1968, pump user since  2002

On 12 June 2011 09:53, Paul Coker  <email @ redacted> wrote:

>  Guys
> 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  
> and experience lots of hypos when hillwalking and for a few days  after.  
> have been reducing my basals, monitoring my heart rate  during exercise 
> performing bg tests every 30 minutes during  exercise and have become 
> at treating the hypos before they  happen whilst exercising but the sting 
> 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
> GP?
> I have written to  the GP explaining that it is better to manage the 
> 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  
> does not seem to persuade him.   I have also been to  see the GP over this
> and the answer is still  negative.
>  Thanks
> Paul
>  .
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