Choosing a Hospital
If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist, you have the right to choose from any NHS hospital offering a suitable treatment that meets NHS standards and costs. Exceptions are emergency, cancer, maternity and mental health services.
When you and your GP agree that you need an appointment with a specialist, there is a system called Choose and Book which shows your GP which hospitals or clinics are available for your treatment. Your GP will discuss with you the clinically appropriate options available for treating your medical condition.
The practice Medical Secretary will usually book the first available appointment for you and forward this information to you. If you later find this appointment is not convenient, you can contact the hospital yourself to alter the appointment time.
For more information on Patient Choice, go to http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Yourchoices/Pages/Yourchoices.aspx
or download this leaflet with further information:-
Choosing your hospital