out of area treatment
out of area treatment(1) Extra contractual referral. The management of an NHS patient in emergencies and other situations which preclude the use of specific pre-arranged service agreements—i.e., when patients are away from home and need to be seen by a GP or at a Trust other than their “home” Trust (UK), and are not covered by any other service agreements. In these circumstances, the care or treatment is covered by a collective agreement between the healthcare organisation or GP providing the care or treatment and the commissioning authority. Under such circumstances, the patient seeing the GP fills out a temporary resident form at the away GP, who will send a report to the patient’s home GP.
(2) A treatment given to a patient for whom treatment of a particular rare disease—e.g., a choriocarcinoma or an epithelioid sarcoma—is not available in the area, but rather in a few centres in the UK elsewhere, and the GP or consultant referring the patient must make a case to the primary care trust for treating the patient out of the area.