You can choose
Did you know?
If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, in most cases you have a legal right to choose which hospital or service you go to, which includes many private and NHS hospitals that provide services to the NHS. You may also choose your clinical team led by a consultant or named healthcare professional.
You will also find information relating to your local choices for healthcare in the CCG Constitution.
Guidance for onward referrals
To further support delivery of the NHS Standard Contract 2017-19 measures, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, in collaboration with partners including NHS England, has published guidelines on the best practice on onward referrals. This short clinical guidance document outlines clear principles for how to avoid unnecessary doubling up of referrals and helping patients move more easily through the care system.
You will find other information relating to this on the NHS website including easy read leaflets and leaflets in languages other than English.