If a GP or another member of our healthcare team believes you need treatment or specialist care elsewhere, they will ask you where and when you would like to be referred to. You will often have a choice of hospitals, and each one often will have a specified waiting time for your procedure or appointment. You can decide which is more important to you between going somewhere closer to home or having a shorter waiting time if you travel a bit further to your appointment.
You will be given a letter with the details of at least three possible choices for your specialist care and the instructions on how to book an appointment at the hospital of your choice.
If you are having difficulty booking your appointment our Practice Medical Secretary will be able to help you. Some appointments may even be booked on-line electronically using the NHS Choose & Book Service.