I feel really annoid about this. Up until last year I was under the impression from the NHS that there were no tests. Even when there is something to be tested for- they don't bother. Ok, I can accept this. They are rubbish. So I started to empower myself and learn. I find I am capable of discerning and being cautious with testing and have to date had one blood test privately. I rung a private hospital to find out about an ultrasound , pelvic area. I explained I no longer have a doctor. I was told I had to be referred by a doctor or else I may try to say I was assaulted under law.... What? what rubbish? not only would I be going voluntarily to the private hospital for the ultra sound... no doubt I would be obliged initially to sign all my rights away anywAy as standard procedure. What new nonsense is this? she had never met me before, this doctor simply said it is silly but this is just the way it is. Now there are some blood tests eg. intrinsic factor, cortisol, negalase I may find useful but even though it is MY body, MY time and MY money paying them - This business want me to get permission from a 'doctor' first (costing me more money) before they will do it. Its about as useful as them needing permission from my dog first. Are there labs who allow you to be independent and empowered out there? I want to support these.