Did you know we can provide your NHS treatment?
Did you know that if you need to see an NHS specialist you have the right to choose any hospital or treatment centre in England?
This right to choose means that you can decide where to have treatment for most specialities including orthopaedics, ophthalmology and general surgery.
Choosing where to be treated is important as clinicians and researchers agree that if you choose a hospital in which you feel comfortable and confident, you're likely to improve both the result of your treatment and your experience while you are in hospital.
HMT St Hugh’s Hospital is part of a UK-wide initiative called Choose and Book, which allows patients to select where they would like to receive their treatment at a time that is convenient for them.
Choose and Book offers greater flexibility for patients to select the right healthcare provider for their specific needs. If location or transport is an issue, it’s great to know that you’re able to select a hospital or clinic close to home.
You can also book your appointment at a time to suit you which is ideal if you have to juggle work, childcare or looking after elderly relatives.
When your GP refers you to a specialist for an initial outpatient appointment, you can choose:
- the organisation that provides your NHS care and treatment anywhere in England
- which consultant-led team will be in charge of your NHS care and treatment
Sometimes decisions on where you want to be treated are made there and then in the GP consulting room, so it makes sense to be prepared to ask the right questions.
Some providers have exclusion criteria such as past medical history which may mean you are not suitable for treatment in that hospital or treatment centre. Your GP will be able to advise you of any such criteria.
What can I do if I am not offered a choice?