Many patients are surprised to hear that they can be seen and treated in a private hospital as an NHS patient. Find out how the NHS e-Referrals service works by clicking on the links below.
As an NHS patient you can ask your GP to refer you to Circle Bath hospital.
You may be able to book your appointment whilst in the GP surgery but in the majority of cases you will receive a letter from your GP listing the choice of hospitals and giving you your unique booking reference number.
You can then book your appointment online or over the phone, asking for a time and date that is convenient for you.
These are the clinics currently offered to NHS patients through e-Referrals.
- Colorectal Clinic
- General Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
- Gastroscopy Clinic
- Hernia Service Clinic
- General Surgery - Lap Chole (gallbladder)
- General Surgery - Lumps and Bumps Clinic
- General Gynaecology Clinic
- General Vascular Clinic
- Cataract Clinic
- Eyes - Oculoplastics, Orbits and Lacrimal Clinic
- Foot and Ankle Clinic
- Hand Surgery Clinic
- Elbow Clinic
- Shoulder Clinic
- Hip Clinic
- Knee Clinic
- Spinal Clinic
Certain medical exclusion criteria apply.
Circle Bath Hospital aims to treat all patients within the 18-week timeframe, but most patients will be treated in a shorter timeframe.
Initial outpatient consultations are usually available within a few weeks and treatment within 8 to 10 weeks for most NHS e-Referral clinics. This means that you will receive treatment, if needed, within 18 weeks of being referred by your GP.
Since 2006 every patient in the country has the right to choose where they are treated under a system now called e-Referrals (previously known as Choose & Book). Circle Bath hospital welcomes NHS patients through this system no matter where they live in England.
We work with our local NHS Trust Hospitals to help reduce waiting lists. It costs the NHS the same amount whether you are treated at an independent hospital or an NHS Trust hospital. The solution takes pressure off nearby hospitals, doesn’t cost patients or the NHS anymore, and waiting times get shorter. You have the right to consider your choice and compare the different options as not all hospitals are the same.
Your GP surgery will provide you with a referral letter and your unique NHS booking reference number (UBRN). In some cases, you will be referred by your GP to your local Clinical Commissioning Group's Referral Support Service. The Referral Support Service advisors will discuss your options with you at which stage you can ask to be referred to Circle Bath Hospital.
If you choose to come to Circle Bath, you will be offered a choice of clinic times including some weekend and evening appointments, fast access to some of the best specialist doctors and the assurance that you will benefit from some of the best consultant-led care available.
You can ask to be transferred to Circle Bath Hospital if you are on a long waiting list at another hospital. To do this you need to go back to your GP and ask to be re-referred to Circle Bath Hospital.
We aim to treat patients within 18 weeks however the majority of patients are treated in shorter time frames. Initial outpatient consultations are usually available within a few weeks and treatment within 8 to 10 weeks for most NHS clinics.
The NHS Constitution (March 2013), gives patients the right to access certain services commissioned by NHS bodies within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer you a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible.
We can help you manage the transfer of your care to Circle Bath Hospital.
The award-winning Circle Bath Hospital is approved by the Department of Health to offer services under the NHS e-Referrals programme.
Procedures are carried out in state-of-the-art operating theatres and Circle Bath is proud of its zero-incident track record of hospital-acquired MRSA bloodstream and C.difficile infections.
Safety is our number one priority.
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