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Patient Choice

Patient Choice

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. 

How do I choose?

 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:

  •  Health A-Z – use the treatment pages of the Health A-Z to see the common treatment options for particular conditions and find links to specialist charities and patient groups in each area
  • Scorecard – use this tool to compare hospitals according to a range of performance measures and facilities. You can view your results by treatment type

  • Patient choice leaflet 

  • Easy read leaflets – easy read leaflets setting out patients’ rights to choice in healthcare

 To read more about your choices, visit the NHS website or ask your GP.