In order to be referred to another healthcare professional you will usually need to see a GP first. This allows a review of your medical condition in the context of your medical history and discussion of treatment and referral options. There are exceptions, for example a patient may self refer to a private physiotherapist or chiropractic. NHS referrals generally take a week to dictate, type and process through the appropriate referral process.
Many NHS hospital referrals are now done as Choose and Book/e-referrals. This system enables you to choose from a small selection of local hospitals and make the booking yourself. You will be contacted by one of the receptionists approximately a week after seeing the GP to inform you that your booking paperwork, which contains a password, is ready to collect from reception.
Some treatment courses need approval by the CCG for funding before they can go ahead. For more information on Individual Funding Requests visit www.fundingrequests.cscsu.nhs.uk, or speak to your GP. You may also like like to read the leaflet on Will the NHS fund my treatment leaflet.
In some instances you may wish to be referred to a private consultant or specialist after seeing the GP. You may need to seek approval from your insurance company first as they may have restrictions on which services you can access. The GPs may be able to recommend a suitable Consultant and/or service and give you the contact details.
When you have made your appointment - please let the secretaries know the date of your appointment and the person you are going to see, so that a referral letter can be done which will be left at reception for you to collect. Please give us as much notice as possible and a minimum of 3 working days to produce the letter.
Please note if you wish someone to collect the letter on your behalf, we must be informed as we require your consent to release such letters. Thank you.