GP referral

GP referral

Any referral by a GP to be seen by another health professional, including a consultant, a physiotherapist, dietician, Macmillan nurse.
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If more treatment is required, a client could opt to go to their local hospital via a GP referral.
Contact GP referral coordinator, Simon Coates on 01670 532376 or Kay Yeo, health improvement officer on 01670 811972 to book a place.
The move is aimed at reducing waiting lists so the NHS Trust can meet the Government's target of all NHS patients being treated within 18 weeks of a GP referral by 2008.
JOHN Hearty, from Tipton, has gained a new lease of life thanks to a GP referral scheme and Sandwell Leisure Trust.
Lord Warner said the goal now was to cut waits further, to ensure that by 2008 no one had to wait more than 18 weeks from a GP referral to the start of hospital treatment.
Coventry Samaritans are using their pounds 4,000 grant to help launch a GP referral scheme so a GP can refer a patient to the Samaritans if there is a need for emotional support during or in between treatments from health specialists.
Children will be admitted to the new unit through GP referral and the service has been developed in partnership with GPs and North Birmingham Primary Care Trust.
The research, which was published in the British Journ-al of Cancer yesterday and is based on the English two-week target from GP referral, claims that overall waiting times for treatment have actually risen.
Patients classed as urgent by a cancer specialist should be seen within 10 working days of receipt of a GP referral for four major cancers, including breast cancer.
It means 90 per cent of inpatients and 95 per cent of out-patients are seen on time after GP referral.
Dr Vivian Hollyoak, from the Health Protection Agency in the North East, said: "The NHS is aiming to meet an 18 week maximum waiting time by the end of 2008, which is a combined sum of outpatient and inpatient treatment to reflect the GP referral to hospital treatment journey.
The system worked by giving priority to patients needing a first outpatient appointment after GP referral.