This leaflet is to explain the practice’s policy for provision of referral to private providers outside the NHS. 

Most private medical insurers will require a referral from a GP to facilitate a private consultation, it is also good practice if you are self-funding to provide a referral to outline the problem and any tests performed so far. 

Unfortunately the administration time of these referrals can sometimes be varied depending on workload commitments.

This has led the practice to develop a policy of administering referrals according to clinical priority rather than the provider used. This means that if there is a large number of NHS referrals to process urgently (such as cancer referrals) these must be processed before any routine private referrals.

We therefore ask you when you request a private referral not to book any appointments for routine matters for less than a week from agreeing referral with the GP and preferably wait until you have the referral letter before booking the appointment.

Your referral will be available to take to the appointment from reception.

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