Hi Tomas, there are few people here that have got NHS help in the form of GP and monitoring.
I was advised to go to my GP as 'first port of call' by a GP2U (thank - you Dr A ) and although I took my time about it, I eventually got the courage up and my GP couldn't have been nicer or more supportive - Really heart-warming and restored my faith somewhat that there are still Drs that care about our health. I think if you tell them you have made a well-researched , adult choice and can back up with some evidence, this can be helpful.
I made notes before I went so I wouldn't forget anything and armed myself with Dr F's fabulous "GP Cheat Sheet" (tabs at the top of this page) - I think many GPs just feel they don't know much about the complexities, so if you can give them good info from another Dr, they are definitely more likely to help. I typed out the tests needed as given by Dr F I also used a few phrases that seemed to help things along.
My GP was pleased that I waited for the official licensed meds and this is another reason I waited for those. "Supply chain integrity" is important to GPs too ! Give them the facts that your meds are licensed and from a reputable company.
My consultant was another story entirely, I was very upset after my last 'consultation' and I'm being re-referred to a new one (your right under 'Patients Choice' - Google) which does take time - Fingers crossed, I really can't afford the private route.. There are many who will monitor privately, around £220 for first appointment and then usually less subsequently - but it's the tests that are extortionate, some quoting as much as £675 a go plus £350 or more for a fibroscan. However, there are also some on the NHS who will monitor as a "duty of care" even if they can't "condone it". You just have to pluck up courage and ask. I found it such a relief to ask you know? At worst, they can only say no, who knows one or two may even say yes.
You can also consult with the MonkMed Drs online by secure Telemed if you are concerned while on treatment - They are extremely polite and caring and also - affordable - actually , I think free if you are on a Redemption Trial.
My advise is you gather some info for your GP and try that first. Good luck.
GT1a Dec14 F2/8.7 VL 900000-2.5M
Jan16 Hepcivir-L MonkMed/Redemption
Baseline: VL 913575 Alt 76 Platelets low
Wk2 VL1157 Alt 23
DET Wk 8 VL 32 Alt19 'In the slow lane'
June16 Fibro 5.7 F0/1 LIF 1.5
Wk 11 VL<12 Alt 13 Det/Unq
Extending tx 12 wks Mylan Sofo/Dac MonkMed
Wk 14 VL <12 Det/Unq
Wk 16 VL UNDETECTED
Wk 22 + 4 Wks Sunprevir FixHepC
Wk 24 UNDETECTED Alt 13
Wk 12 post tx SVR12 Wk 26 SVR24
Thank-you Tim, Dr Debasis @ MonkMed & Dr Freeman @ Fix HepC