Short wait times for NHS patients at Circle Bath Hospital

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.

How to be referred 

You can simply ask your GP to refer you to Circle Bath hospital, arrange an appointment and the NHS pays the same rate as with any other hospital in the country. 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.

Transferring your care

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.

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 CircleBath hospital.

Zero hospital-acquired infection rate

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.

Patient reviews 

To see feedback from patients who have chosen to come to Circle Bath please click here


For more information please call us on 01761 422324 or email 


If you have queries about if you require Prior Approval for Funding please contact Dominic Perdicchia 01761 422350

Circle Bath Hospital offers free parking for patients and their visitors with no set visiting hours.

Download our patient choice leaflet.


Circle Bath Hospital NHS e-Referral Services* 

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

*These are the clinics currently offered to NHS patients through e-Referrals. Certain medical exclusion criteria apply.

Current average NHS waiting times for outpatient appointments March 2018





General surgery

General surgery

General surgery

General surgery















General ENT clinic

Gastroscopy clinic

Tel. assessment (excl. BANES patients)

Colorectral surgery

Hernia service

Lap chole (gallbladder)

Lumps and bumps

General gynaecology clinic


Occuplastics, orbits & lacrimal

Foot and ankle






Hand and wrist

General vascular clinic

General urology clinic (excl. BANES & Wilts patients)

Indicative wait times

24 days

56 days

14 days

37 days

15 days

14 days

16 days

28 days

28 days

35 days

28 days

13 days

14 days

15 days

7 days

13 days

35 days

29 days

29 days


Circle Bath aims to treat all patients within the 18-week timeframe, but most patients will be treated in a shorter timeframe. This means that you should have had your procedure, if needed, within 18 weeks of being referred by your GP. 

Please note that waiting times may vary between surgeons. The timings above are average waiting times.

E-referral enquiry line: 01761 422 324 (8am - 5pm)

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