"Declined PATS application"
About: Broome Health Campus Broome Health Campus Broome 6725
Posted by Unreasonable wait time (as ),
Recently I submitted my PATS request in relation to being referred to a Rheumatologist in Perth. At the time of submitting I was lead to believe that because the visiting specialist clinic in September was already booked out, and as this was my initial appointment, PATS would be able to book my flight for an appointment in October.
The next visiting Rheumatologist Clinic in Broome is in April next year.
My referral letter referenced the significant pain/ inflammation that I have been experiencing in my back, buttocks, achilles tendons, and other generalised pain, which according to the referral is likely an auto immune inflammatory condition, Ankylosing Spondylitis. Aside from the pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and reduced mobility that I have been suffering, early diagnosis is important so that treatment can be started as soon as possible to prevent damage to the spine. ( per Better Health)..
Today I received notification from PATS that my application has been declined by the SMO (senior medical officer), because my referral is non - urgent and I can be seen by visiting specialist.
Unfortunately, the next clinic in Broome isn't until April next year .... this would mean 9 months wait time from referral...
I would get this if next available appointment was at least in keeping with visiting specialist timeframes ( April and September) ( 5 mths & 7 mths apart), but I feel 9 months from time of referral isn't reasonable, and I have been disadvantaged as a result.... I would also like to know how urgent versus non- urgent is determined, and what is considered reasonable wait times for both.....