Choose and Book Referral System
Research has shown that patients want to be more involved in making decisions and choosing their healthcare. The NHS is changing to give you more choice and flexibility in how you are treated. With this in mind, the NHS has introduced the Choose and Book system. This system is only used when your GP has referred you onto a specialist.
If your GP decides you need to see a specialist for more treatment you will be referred to a consultant at the hospital. If the speciality you are being referred to is available under the choose and book system, the following will happen:-
1. You will receive either at the surgery or in the post, a reference number and password,
2. You will be given a telephone number to ring and arrange your appointment.
Where possible you will be offered 4 choices of hospitals, you can then make a decision on which hospital you would like to attend. You do not have to make this decision yourself, if you prefer your GP can still make the choice for you and recommend a hospital for your treatment.
More Information on the choose and book service is available on the following website: http://www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/patients
To find out quality and performance information on hospitals from the independent regulator of healthcare visit www.healthcarecommission.org.uk
You may wish to see a specialist consultant as a private patient. In this situation, the patient makes the appointment with the specialist at a private hospital themselves, although your Doctor will be able to advise you on which consultants hold private clinics.
Your GP will then write a referral letter for you to take with you to your appointment.