Referral to hospital – patient choice

If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist, you have the right to choose which hospital you are referred to by your GP.  This legal right, which was introduced in April 2009, lets you choose from any hospital offering a suitable treatment that meets NHS standards and costs.

You can choose a hospital according to what matters most to you, whether it is location, waiting times, reputation, clinical performance, visiting policies, parking facilities or patients’ comments.

Further information can be obtained in the surgery or on the NHS website.