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    Mr Chris

    Thanks everyone, will just have to be patient and wait for my letter from Mr Somers to arrive after my private consultation ten days ago. Just want everything to hurry along now!!!!!!!!…x


    I remember how you feel Chris…
    Then I had to deal with two cancelations and thought it was never going to happen.. But it did.

    Lets hope things speed up for you.



    sorry chris didnt realise u had gone private


    Hi All I am from Southwick, halfway between Worthing and Brighton, I went to my GP regarding another issue xmas 2008, he referred me as he advised he has funding, got my appointment in May 2009 with Shaw Somers, then operation November 2009.

    IT ALL SEEMS like yesterday, now my troubles are far away!, you will find minutes seem like hours, but it is well worth it.

    Ms Ellie

    Lovely post mellors1008 xxx

    Mr Chris

    Still not received my letter of referral for my GP!!!!!!!!…been weeks now.

    Mr Chris

    Apparently someone called Josie has been tasked to complete the sending of my letter by email??????


    HI I have been to 2 appontments now at the hospital after being refered by my gp to see first the surgeon and today the multi-disiplinary team about having bariatric surgery talking in depth about what will be the best option for me, the proceadure, risks and post surgery diet.. feeling very excited and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel i was then told walking out the door that it was now in the hands of my local PCT who in the current climate were not being to generous with their money?????????????
    Can anyone shed any light please is this normal to be told this or where i go from now how long do they take to make their decision ETC HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    feel like a carrott being dangled but just to high to grab ๐Ÿ™


    Hi Fairycake ๐Ÿ™‚

    Welcome to the forum. It’s pretty usual, unfortunately. Each PCT have different criteria. Which PCT are you under? What’s your BMI? Do you have any co-morbitities? All these make a difference as to whether your funding will be approved or not. Even then, the wheels can turn very slowly, and for those waiting there is nothing more frustrating than the waiting.

    If you let us know a bit more about your personal circumstances, maybe we’ll (read Toni ;)) will be able to shed some light on your particular PCT’s criteria.

    I wish you luck with your application for funding, and remember, there are appeals processes for exceptions, so even if they do say no initially, it’s not all over, there’s still hope, so hang on in there, and keep posting.

    Take care


    I saw my GP in January she reffered me i saw chris pring on the 14 April had my op on the 12th of May and i’m from a village just outside of chichester.


    hiya all im just wondering if theres anyone that can unlighten me about how funding works as im a tad confused at the moment :/
    i have been refered to see a dieticain which i have done several times and she has said that she would put me forward for a gastric bypass and also my doctor has also put me forward for this unfortunetley my gp sent a letter to the wrong departmant who deals with this but they said that my application for funding for a gastric band????(even tho should have been bypass) has been rejected now my gp has sent me a letter sayin she has sent letters top the PCT to apply for funding……..i am completley baffled as to what is going on and how can she apply for funding when ive not even seen a surgeon or doctor regarding surgery all ive seen is a gp and dietician now my BMI is 60 and im very uncomfortable like i am and just want help but i feel through fault of others mistakes i could well miss my oppitunity of this operation im seein my dietician next week and im hoping she’ll be able to explain more to me but in the mean time i was wondering if any of u guys had had funding and how it worked for u?? ๐Ÿ™ xx


    Hi Pompey Girl

    Sorry to hear things things seem to be going round in circles for you at the moment – hang in there hun, it does feel like you have to jump all these hurdles, but I’m sure things will start moving for you soon.

    I don’t know how things work for your PCT, so can only tell you how mine went, hope it helps…

    I first asked my GP about surgery in July ’08 after trying every diet, weight loss program going… she referred me to a dietician at my local hospital as at that time I didn’t have any diagnosed co-morbidities. By the October, my IIH had been diagnosed, which is a recognised co-morbidity. I was at my GP’s surgery in the December and in a bit of a state (which is putting it mildly – almost hysterical as I couldn’t cope with the pain) and she printed the application form off there and then. She also referred me privately to Shaw Somers.

    I saw Shaw privately in the January who confirmed that I would be a suitable candidate for surgery and that I would also qualify for NHS funding. He wrote a letter to my GP who forwarded it onto the PCT. My consultant neurologist, who I see for my IIH, also wrote a letter supporting bariatric surgery as a treatment for me, which my GP sent to the PCT.

    Unfortunately, in the February, the PCT wrote back to my GP and told her she had filled in the old form, so she had to complete the new form. Then they wrote back in March to say she hadn’t sent any of the supporting paperwork with the application (even though they already had it all with the 1st application – severe lack of joined up thinking!!!!)

    Sooooo, in March, she sent another copy of the new form, with a copy of everything, including copies of letters from both consultants and I got the ok from the PCT in April ’09.

    I then had to be re-referred to St. Richard’s as an NHS patient, had my first appointment in the July and my op in the November.

    My GP recommended that I see Shaw privately for my initial consultation as she felt it would speed up the process – I honestly don’t know whether it did or not, but apart from the paperwork issues, the funding approval was pretty quick when I compare it to many others.

    As I say, I hope this helps. All I can recommend is if you have any co-morbidities, it can’t do any harm to get your specialists on side and get letters of from them to send to the PCT to support your application.

    I do know that plenty of people do get their funding in place before they see a bariatric consultant, many others see the consultant first – doesn’t really help your situation, but I guess it might help to let you know you aren’t the only one who’s application is sent this way.

    The other thing to remember is that there is an appeals process, so if your application is rejected, you can appeal.

    Hopefully, Toni or someone else in the know, will be along soon and will be able to let you know how the referral to a consultant before your funding is secured would work – or you could look into seeing someone privately for the initial consulation, like I did.

    Hope things get moving for you soon hun.

    Take care


    thank u so much claire for ur reply every bit of info is good as like i say im lol…..i just found it really wierd how my gop could apply for funding after me only seeing a dietician twice and obviously my gp a few times it doesnt make the funding a good case as not enough evidence from what i can gather the PCT will just look and think nothing of it as ive not seen anyone else except them 2 i really did have faith in my gp and she has helped me loads but to have this now happening i feel ive just been let down and the fact im scared to death to open any letter for me that comes through my door havin the fear that they say no to funding as not enough evidence i.e letters from any one other than my gp and dieticain i personally think will not be good enough for funding i wouldnt know wat to do if this was the case im feeling so down as i dont know wats goin on ๐Ÿ™ but im sure in time even if it takes years i may get there in the end ๐Ÿ™ who knows i dont………

    thanx again xxx


    I’m sure it will be fine hun – you’re BMI is well in the range for most PCTs to grant funding. Do you have any co-morbidities?



    not really i sufer with not being able to sleep at night and sleep during the day but not to a great extent…….i suffer badly with my back though and i have been to my gp about this loads i dont know if that would help or not i know the BMI in the pct in hampshire is 60 so fingers crossed il get it but im so not in a positive way at the moment think its cause i got my hopes up by my dietician and gp then that letter sayin id be refused a gastric band….even though i didnt actually see anyone confused me and set me right back i was tempted to ring the pct and ask if my gp had sent the forms an if anything had been finalized but i wouldnt know where to start or to ring my surgery?? i dunno hehehehe impatient i know but im 29 yrs old and want to have my life back im ashamed ive got like this and want to start a fresh life xxx

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