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Hi John

from what I’ve read so far on here, I’ve only had membership for a couple of days I joined last week but didnt have a chance to sit down and read things, is it St Richards in Chichester the nearest place to Medway that does the WLS? I would really like to be referred to Shaw but have my GP appointment tomorrow morning to ask for him to apply for funding with the PCT. Feeling very nervous as this is my second attempt at asking, the first time I went he told me I could stay happily on orlistat for two years, so I’ve made an appointment with one of the other doctors for tomorrow to have another go, a month on from the last attempt and more well read too now.

I’ve printed off various things from the internet but would value any advice you can give me on asking the initial questions to get the ball rolling. When I moved here a couple of months ago I gave in a letter stipulating what I wanted, first couple of issues have been sorted as requested and they seem on top of things at the GP Surgery because they phoned me to make the appointment themselves. So it feels positive, but that stumbling block from last month, I am apprehensive probably because I want this so badly.

I’ve had reconstructive surgery already on my abdomen, there is a large mesh holding in my internal organs and the general feeling is that if I was to loose a couple more stone in weight it would need surgery to adjust its fit, now I dont want to have surgery twice so am asking for the WLS and the refit to all be done at the same time, it took me many many months with infected open wounds to heal after the last surgery up in the north east UK so now I’ve moved well away from that healthcare authority I do feel more positive about things just want to get the ball well and truly moving once and for all.

Look forward to hearing from you

Helen 🙂

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