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How to be referred

Patient choice
The majority of patients referred to hospital for treatment can choose to go to any NHS-funded provider in England that can provide the clinically appropriate treatment required. 

You can be referred to our hospital through any of the following routes:

  • the NHS Choose and Book programme
  • referral by letter or electronic referral form to our clinicians
  • private referral.

Choose and Book
When you visit your GP and a referral is suggested, you can discuss your options on where and when you would like to go for your treatment using Choose and Book.  You can request treatment at the RNHRD even if we are not offered to you as a choice by your GP. 

Once you have discussed your options you will be given a unique booking reference number (UBRN). You can either ask your GP or someone else in the practice to contact the hospital on your behalf or ring them yourself when you get home. You will then be able to find out which appointment slots are available and book a convenient appointment. Once the appointment is booked, the hospital will send you a letter confirming the details of your appointment. More information about Choose and Book is available on the Choose and Book website.

Referral letter from your GP or consultant
Your GP or consultant will need to write a referral letter, giving details of your condition and send it to the relevant doctor or department at the RNHRD. Alternatively, your GP or consultant can refer you by email using the relevant electronic referral form. Doctors here will read the referral information and decide whether they think treatment at the RNHRD is appropriate. If so, the hospital will then contact you with details of your outpatient appointment.

Referral for private treatment
Your GP or consultant will need to write a referral letter (or email an electronic referral form), giving details of your condition and asking for a private consultation, and send it to the relevant doctor or department here at the RNHRD. Doctors here will read the referral letter and decide whether they think treatment at the RNHRD is appropriate. If so, the consultant’s secretary will then contact you with details of your appointment.