If you need referral to a specialist, your doctor (GP) will be happy to discuss this with you and make the necessary arrangements, either using local NHS hospital services, or if preferred, local private specialists. On-going communication between specialist and GP aims to ensure good continuity of care and safe practice.
Patient Referral Service
All NHS referrals now go through the Patient Referral Service.
Your GP has joined with others in the area to set up a central service providing you with a fast and efficient way to choose appointments for hospital and specialist clinic services.
The Patient Referral Service (PRS) developed by Central London Healthcare streamlines the administration and booking of GP referrals to specialist care and treatment in hospitals and community-based clinics.
Please use the above link to find out more about this service.
What happens when you are referred?
Please click on link for information about what to expect when you are referred to see a specialist
Caution: Many of our patients from abroad are used to taking themselves directly to private specialists, without GP referral. If you do this in the UK, this can adversely affect the quality of care; also your GP will not be obliged to sign your private Health Insurance claim form. So it is always better to discuss the referral with your GP first. We always try to get you the earliest possible appointment, but there are often delays owing to the pressures on the system. Truly urgent cases can usually be seen quickly.
Please Note: It can take up to seven days to generate a non-urgent referral letter. While we always respect specialist advice, we are not always able to prescribe medication suggested by the specialist if it does not fall within the PCT formulary (a limited list of medications, based on proven efficacy and cost-effectiveness). In these cases, we will always try to prescribe an equivalent medication, of equal effectiveness from the PCT formulary.