When a GP refers a patient to see a specialist or consultant, the patient has a right to choose where they would like that appointment to be.
NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG believes that being able to choose where to go for outpatient appointments, providing the service is available there, gives patients more control over their own care.
Once the need to see a specialist or consultant has been identified by a GP, patients should be able to say that they:
- Talked to their GP (or other health care professional) about the different options, and the pros and cons of those options.
- Discussed the treatment with their GP (or other health care professional), and whether or not to have that treatment if appropriate.
- Were offered a choice of where to go for their first appointment at a hospital or clinic, once it had been agreed to progress their care.
- Had the option to choose a suitable alternative hospital or clinic, if they were going to wait longer than the maximum time legally specified which is 18 weeks, or 2 weeks to see a specialist for cancer.
- Knew where to find information, in a format accessible to them, to help them make a decision about their care.
- Had enough time to consider what options were right for them.
The CCG believes that offering choice helps to support the delivery of a health service focussed around the patient. We’re asking local patients who have been referred to see a specialist or consultant within the last 12 months, to please take the time to answer this short survey.
The survey period began on 12 February 2018 and the deadline for completion of the survey is Monday 26 March 2018.
If you would like more information, or to discuss this survey, please email ContactUs@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk or ring on: 01484 464222
Further information about patient choice can be found on this website here.