GPs and referrers

Circle Bath Hospital is part of Circle Health, a company that runs hospitals, rehabilitation and health services in the UK. We first opened the doors of Circle Bath in 2010 and have been working with local medical professionals ever since. We have a dedicated team here to support you with free training and events, information about our services and answer any questions you have.

Private patients

Circle Bath Hospital welcomes all requests for consultation as most patients can be treated, except where full ITU facilities are required on-site. If you are unsure about the suitability of your patient to undergo surgery, please call our referral line on 0808 188 1888.

The following categories of private patients are currently unsuitable to be referred to CircleBath:

  • Under 16 years of age
  • Clinical emergencies

GPs can refer private patients to CircleBath by any of these methods:

  • By telephone on 0808 188 1888 (freephone answered) or 01761 422288. Please follow up with a letter within 24 hours.
  • By fax on 01761 422223.
  • By Email to
  • By post (please address the referral either to a named consultant or to the speciality as a whole):

Circle Bath Hospital
Foxcote Avenue
Peasedown St John

NHS patients

GPs can refer NHS patients via the e-Referral Service. The following specialities are available (except some conditions):

  • ENT
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Gastroscopy Clinic
  • General Surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Vascular

The following categories of NHS patients are currently unsuitable to be referred to CircleBath:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Two week wait
  • Clinical emergencies
  • Patients BMI greater than 40
  • Patients under the age of 18
  • MI/CVA/Recurrent TIA within the last six months
  • Severe COPD / Asthma / Bronchiectasis
  • Diagnosed Myelodysplasia / Haemophilia / Thrombocytopenia
  • Any patient with an American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) score of 3 (who is unstable)
  • A patient who has a current and significantly unstable psychiatric disorder

Circle Bath consultants would be very happy to visit your practice and talk to you about conditions that are of interest to the practice and that will help you decide who to treat in primary care and who to refer to secondary care. They also have some useful tips on examining patients.

“Thank you for all your help in... it was completely a success, lots learnt, faces and names put together, better patient care and educational certificates thrown in!”  Dr Rebecca Hodson, Widcombe Surgery

Some suggestions are:


  • Common skin problems in primary care; diagnosis and management
  • How do I decide who to refer where?


  • How to cope with the dizzy patient
  • A general update about head and neck problems (benign and malignant)
  • ENT Referral Guidelines


  • What’s new in the treatment of coeliac disease
  • Abnormal LFT – what next?
  • Bowel Cancer Screening 

General Medicine

  • Parkinson disease in primary care setting
  • Assessing tremors
  • Restless leg syndrome

General Surgery

  •  Vague Abdominal Pain – causes and treatment in primary care


  • Infertility Update
  • How to save money in General Practice

Hand to Elbow

  • Common hand problems in primary care
  • What’s new in Hand to Elbow surgery

Hip Surgery

  • Femoro-acetabular impingement/hip arthroscopy
  • Hip pathways/minimal invasive hip replacement
  • Groin pain in the young athlete

Knee surgery

  • The Monday morning knee (how to manage acute knee injuries in general practice)
  • Examination of the knee – one easy test for many condition
  • Recent advances in knee surgery for general practice


  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus


  • Eye emergencies and what to do with them including red eyes that are not conjunctivitis 
  • Chronic eye problems, dry eye, watering eyes and blepharitis and what to do with them
  • Update on wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
  • Update on cataract surgery and the latest on glaucoma

Plastic Surgery

  • Skin lesions and skin cancer. Recognition and management
  • The role of dermoscopy in identifying skin lesions in primary care skin cancer. 


  • Shoulders in general practice, treatment and onward referral
  • What’s new in shoulder and elbow management
  • CircleBath Shoulder and Elbow Serice - a new shoulder to cry on


  • Is all back pain “back pain”? Does sacro iliac pain exist?  

Sports medicine

  • Heal pain acute or chronic
  • Groin pain diagnostic conundrum
  • Pitch-side trauma management


  • Update in vascular surgery
  • Screening  who, how, when, where

Please get in touch with the team by calling 01761 422222 or email

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Circle Bath Hospital, Foxcote Avenue, Peasedown St John, Bath BA2 8SQ


Overall rating 24th April 2017