If you need to be referred to hospital for treatment or specialist advice, you may be able to choose where and when you go. In most cases you can choose from a number of hospitals and in some cases you may be able to book your hospital appointment before you leave the surgery.
If you would prefer to have some time to think before deciding where and when to have treatment, you will be given a booking request form which will allow you to make your appointment with the hospital of your choice by telephone from home.
It is now NHS policy that patients can see the letter their GP sends to the hospital when they are referred. If you would like to see a copy of your referral letter please ask either the receptionist or the doctor during your appointment. You will be able to pick the letter up personally from the reception desk a few days later. To protect your right to confidentiality we cannot post copies out to your home address nor can we allow someone else to pick it up on your behalf.