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Your GP will discuss with you and, if appropriate, your carer, about why a referral is being recommended. It is usually because your GP wants a specialist’s help in deciding on the best way to treat your condition. This might involve referring you for tests or investigations that cannot be carried out in a GP surgery. Your GP will also discuss with you what choices there are for where you can be referred.

A specialist will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP. The letter will give the specialist essential background information, such as your medical history.

You will either receive a letter from the hospital confirming your appointment or sometimes patients receive a letter asking them to phone the hospital to make an appointment with a specialist.

You need to reply as soon as possible and tell the hospital if you can attend on the date offered.

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