What is a NHS referral?
You’re entitled to ask for a referral for specialist treatment on the NHS. If you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, they’ll probably suggest that you first try various tests or treatment options to see whether your condition improves.
What does refer a patient mean?
In medicine, referral is the transfer of care for a patient from one clinician or clinic to another by request. Patient referral is where patients directly inform their partners of their exposure to infection.
How do you refer to a patient?
How doctors can best refer patients
- Determine and document the reason for the referral in the patient’s medical record.
- Before contacting the other physician, explain to the patient why a referral is necessary, including what the patient should expect from their visit with the specialist.
Are the NHS doing referrals?
NHS e-Referral Service. The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) provides an easy way for patients to choose their first hospital or clinic appointment with a specialist. Bookings can be made online, using the telephone, or directly in the GP surgery at the time of referral.
How long does a NHS referral take?
The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.
Why would I be referred to a neurologist NHS?
Neurologists are specialists who can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat conditions that affect your nervous system. Your doctor might refer you to a neurologist if you’re having symptoms that could be caused by a neurological condition, such as pain, memory loss, trouble with balance, or tremors.
How do you write a patient referral?
Include the patient’s name and date of birth, and at least one other patient identifier. Explain the purpose of the referral….Things to include in your referral
- Up to date and correct patient information.
- Relevant medical history.
- Current medications and any allergies.
- Your details as the referring doctor.
How can I get a referral?
Requesting a Referral
- Visit Your Primary Care Physician. Your primary care physician will evaluate your concern and, if necessary, make a referral to a specialist.
- Verify Your Insurance and Referral Information. Contact your insurance company for referral requirements.
- Make an Appointment with the Specialist.