How to refer your patients to Circle Bath hospital

Private patients

Circle Bath 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 Pre-Assessment team on 01761 422200. 

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

  • Under 18 years of age (under 16 for Outpatient appointment)
  • Clinical emergencies

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

By telephone 01761 422288. Please follow up with a letter within 24 hours

By fax on 01761 422223

By post:

Please address the referral either to a named consultant or to the speciality as a whole.

Circle Bath
Foxcote Avenue
Peasedown St John

To support your decision to refer, take a look at some of our patient feedback about Circle Bath.

For further details, please click here to see our Directory of Consultants.

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 Circle Bath:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Two week wait
  • Clinical emergencies

Criteria for surgical private and NHS patients

Generally speaking, for surgical patients we follow the ASA classification of anaesthetic risk:

ASA Grade 1: a normal healthy patient
ASA Grade 2: a patient with mild systemic disease
ASA Grade 3: a patient with severe systemic disease, and functional limitation

A rule of thumb is that patients that can climb 2 flights of stairs without shortness of breath or chest pain are classified as ASA 1, or ASA 2 if they have co-existing mild systemic disease. We will undertake surgery on a significant proportion of those patients who are ASA 3, but unless they are having minor surgery or procedures under local anaesthetic, they will need pre-assessment by one of our anaesthetists.

For a full list of exclusions please see the exclusion criteria tab.