Question: How Long Does NHS Referral Take?

How long does it take for a referral letter to arrive?

It is usually about 2-4 weeks but can vary.

The secretary will let you and your GP know the time by letter or by phone when the appointment is within a few days of receipt of the letter..

What is the 18 week rule in the NHS?

For routine, non-urgent conditions it is your right your treatment starts within 18 weeks of referral unless you choose to wait longer or it is clinically appropriate that you wait longer. The maximum waiting times are described in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution.

Is private health care better than NHS?

One of the advantages of private healthcare is that it allows users to have a choice of consultants, hospitals and treatments, but an NHS constitution mirrors this: ‘Everyone who is cared for by the NHS in England has formal rights to make choices about the service that they receive.

Why have I been referred to a Gynaecologist?

A visit to the gynecologist is recommended for annual screening and any time a woman has concerns about symptoms such as pelvic, vulvar, and vaginal pain or abnormal bleeding from the uterus. Conditions commonly treated by gynecologists include: issues relating to pregnancy, fertility, menstruation, and menopause.

What is referral to treatment?

In England, under the NHS Constitution, patients ‘have the right to access certain services commissioned by NHS bodies within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible’.

How long does a Gynaecology referral take?

Your GP has referred you to the hospital on an urgent two week wait referral. This means that we will offer you an appointment within two weeks of referral. This is because they have some concerns about some symptoms you have been experiencing, or you had an unusual finding on an ultrasound scan.

What is the NHS 2 week rule?

An urgent two-week referral means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP) making the referral. As of April 1st 2010 you have a legal right to be seen by a specialist within this time.

Can I ask my dentist to refer me to hospital?

You can definitely ask to have a GA to have teeth out . This could be at a local hospital or dental hospital. You need to be assertive about what you want though , and stress that you can only accept that , otherwise they may try to persuade you out of it .

How do I get a referral to the Royal Marsden?

If you wish to refer your patient to The Royal Marsden for diagnostic tests or treatment, please contact our Central Referral and Information Line. One of our dedicated operators will guide you through the referral process. Through this line you are able to refer your patient to a specific consultant.

What kind of test does a gynecologist do?

Pap Test: A test in which cells are taken from the cervix (or vagina) to look for signs of cancer. Pelvic Exam: A physical examination of a woman’s pelvic organs. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Infections that are spread by sexual contact. Speculum: An instrument used to hold open the walls of the vagina.

How long do you have to wait for a colonoscopy on the NHS?

Under NHS rules in England, patients should wait no more than six weeks for endoscopy tests (colonoscopy or flexi-sigmoidoscopy) that can diagnose bowel cancer; and no more than two weeks to see a specialist if they’ve been referred urgently by their GP for suspected bowel cancer.

How long does it take for an NHS referral letter?

For routine appointments, these letters will be sent after 14 and 28 days and for urgent referrals after three and six days.

How long should you wait for a referral?

Under the NHS Constitution, if your GP refers you for a condition that’s not urgent, you have the right to start treatment led by a consultant within 18 weeks from when you’re referred, unless you want to wait longer or waiting longer is clinically right for you.

Can my GP refuse to refer me to a specialist?

If you disagree with your GP’s decision, you can ask them to refer you to another healthcare professional for a second opinion (an opinion about your health from a different doctor). Although you do not have a legal right to a second opinion, a healthcare professional will rarely refuse to refer you for one.

What is a 2 week wait referral?

A ‘Two Week Wait’ referral is a request from your General Practitioner (GP) to ask the hospital for an urgent appointment for you, because you have symptoms that might indicate that you have cancer.

What is the waiting time for a knee replacement on the NHS?

To help achieve this, the NHS in England established a waiting time target to ensure that Hospitals make it a priority to deliver treatment in a maximum time period of 18 weeks. The NHS Constitution also includes a right for patients to receive elective surgery (including hip and knee replacements) within 18 weeks.

How long should you wait for an NHS appointment?

This right is a legal entitlement protected by law, and applies to the NHS in England. The maximum waiting times are described in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution. Your 18 weeks waiting time ‘clock’ ticks until you receive your first treatment.

How do referrals work?

A referral is a special kind of pre-approval that individual health plan members—primarily those with health maintenance organization (HMO) or point of service (POS) plans—must obtain from their chosen primary care physician (PCP) before seeing a specialist or another doctor within the same network.

What is a fast track referral?

What is a Fast Track Urgent GP referral? This is a referral made by a GP to the hospital for patients they suspect have cancer. The fast track referral system aims to diagnose and treat serious illnesses quickly. Many conditions are more likely to be cured if they are diagnosed and treated early.

How long does an urgent hospital referral take?

WHAT IS AN URGENT REFERRAL? Your GP has arranged for you to see a hospital doctor (specialist) within two weeks – a process also known as the two-week referral. This is to investigate your symptoms further.

Do you always need a referral to see a specialist?

Medical specialists generally don’t see patients without current referrals, and being a previous patient of a medical specialist doesn’t necessarily mean you can make ongoing appointments, either.