i was diagnosed with PD about 7 years ago and have had continual problems with side effects from various medications. In desperation I had a private consultation with a local neurologist and after seeing her and having a MRI scan she seemed doubtful of the PD diagnosis and recommended a DaT scan.However its seems my NHS clinic will not sanction this . does anyone know how and where I can make enquiries and does anybody have any ideas of the cost of this.
Did your NHS clinic say why they wouldn't give you a DATscan, when your neurologist had recommended it? I find this very strange. I know that not all hospitals have the equipment installed however. I enquired about having a DATscan done privately 4yrs. ago when first suspected of having PD and my neurologist said it would cost £3,000. Had it done on the NHS in the end.
I would make a fuss and ask your GP to intervene. You need to know whether you've actually got Parkinson's or not, for your own peace of mind.
Bella14, I agree with Twinks. I can't work out why they won't do it. I was sent to Cambridge for mine on the NHS. Good luck with that one. X
Thanks for your replies I suspect the reason for the refusal all down to money
NHS funding my age. I will pursue this but not very optimistic
I can't believe what I am reading BELLA it's almost beyond belief !! Good luck to you
Thanks for your replies unfortunately that's how things are when you reach the age of 70 you don't have the same consideration as younger people The fact that you kept yourself fit and hardly ever saw a doctor before the ageing process began doesn't seem to matter. Everything seems to comes down to money and NHS funding. I am still considering my options before my consultation which is 10 weeks time.!!