Referral to other Health Services

Being Referred to Hospital Services

Hospital Tests & Investigations

Please read the information below, if after reading you have a query relating to your referral please contact the Medical Secretaries by email to please include your full name, date of birth and the first line of your address. You can download a copy of information below from the link at the bottom.

All tests and investigations required by the specialists must be ordered by them and the appointments sent to you.
If the specialist requires blood tests he/she should give you a request form which you can take to whoever normally provides blood tests in your area. This varies and may be your surgery, hospital or community clinic. The specialist is responsible for acting upon the results of any test he/she requests and for informing you of the results.
If you haven’t heard from the specialist about a test result please ring his or her secretary at the hospital. Unfortunately your surgery may not know the result and will not know what the specialist intended to do with the information.

Hospital Prescriptions
If the specialist prescribes a new medication or changes one that you are on please ask them to provide you with the first prescription. This may be on a white prescription that can be used in the hospital pharmacy or on a green one that you can take to your normal pharmacy.
Upon notification from the specialist your surgery may automatically add the medication change to your repeat list on the computer. You will then be able to order re-supply without an appointment. You may need to telephone your surgery to confirm this or use on-line services if you have registered for them.If you are uncertain what changes the specialist is making please ask them to explain it to you at the appointment. It saves you having to see your GP to discuss something he or she may only know of from a short letter of explanation.

Sick or Fit Note (Med3) After Hospital Attendance
If you need to be certified as unfit for work as a result of the treatment provided by your specialist (or therapist) he or she should issue a sick note when you are discharged from hospital or seen in the clinic. Please ask for one if you need it.

Follow Up Appointments
If you need to be seen again the hospital will provide you with another appointment. Please ask the specialists’ secretary if it does not arrive in a timely way.
In summary, the specialists are responsible for:
● Looking after all your tests
● Providing prescriptions when needed
● Issuing a sick note if required
● Providing you with a follow up appointment if necessary.

Info from the Lancashire & Cumbria Consortium of Local Medical Committees With thanks to Kent LMC

Referral leaflet.pdf

Non NHS Services

Non NHS Services

The practice provides a range of Non NHS Services for which there is a Fee payable before the service is carried oout. Please Note that GPs are not oblidged to carry out these services and at times of high demand or restrictions such as COVID 19 they reserve the right to decline the request.

A list of the fees payable can be downloaded from the link below

Fees for Non NHS Services July 2020.pdf