How Long Does It Take To Get A Referral On The NHS?

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..

How long will I have to wait for a hip replacement on the NHS?

The waiting list for hip, knee and other orthopaedic operations has risen by a quarter over the past eight years to more than half a million in 2016. One in 10 people have to wait more than 18 weeks for surgery amid rising concern that NHS is deliberately delaying treatment because it is not seen as life threatening.

How long does it take for GP referral to hospital appointment?

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 NHS self referral?

What is self-referral? Did you know that there are some free NHS health services you can access without needing an appointment with your GP? This is called self-referral and could help you find the care you need quicker and more easily than going through your surgery.

What is a non urgent referral?

Non-urgent: the timescale generally used for a referral or investigation that is not considered very urgent or urgent. Urgent: to happen/be performed within two weeks. Very urgent: to happen within 48 hours.

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.

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.

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.

How does the NHS referral system work?

In England, the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) is a national digital platform used to refer patients from primary care into elective care services. e-RS allows patients to choose their first outpatient hospital or clinic appointment and book it in the GP surgery, online or on the phone.

Can your doctor refuse to give you a referral?

A physician may refuse a referral for a variety of reasons but not if he or she has a preexisting duty to care for the patient.

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.

How do I book an NHS appointment?

Call your GP surgery or use their online services to book evening and weekend appointments. You may be able to get an appointment on the same day. You may be offered an appointment at: your GP surgery.

What stops an RTT clock?

1 An RTT clock may be paused only where a decision to admit for treatment has been made, and the patient has declined at least two reasonable offers for admission. Adjustments cannot be applied for a diagnostic or other admission prior to the admission for first definitive treatment.

How long does NHS Referral take?

The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.

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 a fast track referral?

Patients judged to meet criteria for such referrals are offered ‘urgent’ assessment by specialist hospital services within 2 weeks. Hereafter, we use the term ‘fast-track’ to denote referrals through this pathway, otherwise known as the ‘two-week-wait’ or ‘urgent’ referral pathway for suspected cancer.

What does it mean when a doctor gives you a referral?

A referral is a written request from one health professional to another health professional or health service, asking them to diagnose or treat you for a particular condition.

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.