Welcome! It’s good to hear from you!
My experience of waiting for referrals on the NHS is that it can take at least a month for the referral to go through, and that’s in “normal” times, so goodness knows how long it is taking at the moment.
When I had my diagnosis by an ENT doctor (who managed to hear my AVM with a stethoscope) at the end of August 2016, it took a month to get an MRI, a further month for the radiologist to report back and a further month to be referred from Leicester to Nottingham. So it is quite a slog.
At exactly the same time I was waiting for my referral to go through, there was a young man in Nottingham waiting for a referral to Sheffield for gamma knife who was on our local news. He’d been waiting 5 or 6 weeks and his referral hadn’t gone through. I thought it amazing that I had never heard of an AVM, and that it is a rare condition, only to have someone in a very similar circumstance to me appear on the local news at the same time as I was waiting for a referral!
I guess the good news is that if gamma knife is your planned treatment, it takes a long time to resolve after the radiotherapy, so isn’t viewed as a time-critical thing to get sorted. (If it was more time-critical, the doc might be urging you towards another treatment, though sometimes gamma knife is the only suitable treatment).
I’d say it’s worth ringing Sheffield to check that they have received the referral at least. That should be something the clerks can check for you – you wouldn’t be disturbing the medics with such an enquiry – and see what they can tell you about what stage you are at with Sheffield.
My own, honest experience is that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Give them a nudge.
Very best wishes,