We are committed to ensuring that patients and the public are aware of their rights and the choices they have concerning their health and care so they can feel empowered to make decisions. There are choices in your lifestyle, decisions about your treatment, and even the way in which you interact with doctors and other health and care professionals that can all affect your wellbeing. To make sure you get the full benefit out of local services, it is really important to give careful consideration to all the options available to you.
If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, in most cases you have a legal right to choose which hospital or service you go to. This includes NHS and many private hospitals that provide services to the NHS. You may also choose your clinical team led by a consultant or named healthcare professional.
You don’t have to make this decision alone. Your GP can help you compare information about hospitals or consultants, quality outcomes, waiting times and more. It might be better to take information away with you, do some research and decided later. Here are some tools to help you make an informed choice:
To read more about your choices, visit the NHS website or ask your GP.