How to use us: Working with Patients

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When you need a referral to a hospital it will be done in discussion between you and your doctor and you can choose the hospital. Private referrals must also be discussed with your GP first: it is important we send your medical details to any other doctor. If you have medical insurance, the insurer may not cover your bills without a prior GP referral.

We can often book your appointment electronically during the consultation or may give you the booking details to do this yourself on the NHS Electronic Referral System (ERS).

We are restricted in where we are supposed to refer you, to contracted providers. Though services may be suggested to you, you will still have the right to choose your hospital, enshrined in the NHS Constitution.

When you've been referred to a specialist, there are a number of things you should expect and here is a useful checklist to printout and take with you.