Referral to Hospital

Please read this information carefully, it may save you an unnecessary trip to the surgery by talking this process through with your specialist .

referral to hospital


Test & Investigations

All test and investigations required by the specialist must be ordered by then and the appointment sent to you.

If the specialist requires blood tests he/ she should give you a request form which you can bring to the surgery.

The specialist is responsible for acting upon the result of any test he/ she requests and for informing you of the results.

If you haven't heard from the specialist about the test result please ring his or her secretary at the hospital. Unfortunately we may not know the result and will not know what the specialist intended to do with the information.



If the specialist prescribes a new medication or changes one you are on please ask them to provide you with the first prescription. This may be on a white prescription that can be used in the hospital pharmacy or on a green one that you can take to your normal pharmacy.

Upon notification from the specialist we may automatically add the medication change to your repeat list on the computer. You will then be able to order a re-supply without appointment. You may need to telephone the surgery to confirm this or use on-line services if you have registered for them.

If you are uncertain what changes the specialist is making please ask them to explain it to you at the appointment. It saves you having to see your GP to discuss something that he/ she may only know of from a short letter of explanation.


Sick or Fit Note (Med 3)

If you need to be certified as unfit for work as a result of the treatment provided by your specialist (or therapist) he or she should issue a sick note when you are discharged from hospital or seen in the clinic. Please ask for one if you need it.


Follow up appointments

If you need to be seen again the hospitalwill provide you with another appointment. Please ask the specialist' secretary if it does not arrive in a timely way.


In summary, the specialists are responsible for:

  • looking after all your tests
  • providing prescriptions when needed
  • issuing sick notes if required
  • providing you with a follow up appointment if necessary

What happens when you are referred to a hospital