I go to Bath too and see Dr Ellie. I live in Kent but about an hour nearer to Bath than Sybil. Considering you’re in East Sussex, you’re even nearer. Think of it that way. I can honestly say everyone I’ve dealt with in Bath is exceptionally nice and easy to talk to from the guy who answers the reception phone upwards. I’ve had to access their nurse helpline several times and that was an eye opener for me as they were so efficient and thorough. I go for one appointment and 3 days later I’ve got the letter for the next one. It’s an incredibly well organised machine there.
But Dr Ellie and her team are exceptionally well regarded in the global world of PsA. She’s rated by her peers, they win the largest grants for research in the UK and publish the most papers in medical journals. It was finding all that out that told me that was where I should be treated. The bonus is that she’s actually rather nice too. At the time I couldn’t have cared less if she was awful to deal with, I just wanted to be treated by someone who had made it her career to be a PsA specialist. She’s both easy to deal with and at the top of her game.
She’s also really good at getting your GP to do all the other stuff that might be needed, such as MRI’s and whatever else. Her secretary is accessible by email and she usually has a response from Dr Ellie in about 48 hours for stuff the nurse helpline can’t deal with.
All this just eases all the stuff we have to deal with and lessens the awfullness at times. It’s reassuring, professional and just so comptetant. That so helps.
And frankly Bath is rather a lovely place to visit anyway, even if it a hike to get there. I stay overnight for my appointments now and am getting to know Bath and that can be fun too.
However just knowing I’m being cared for by such a PsA specialist simply makes me feel safe. That’s worth its weight in gold in my view.
I so hope too that you can get on top of this.