Most referrals are sent via the NHS e-Referral service. Patients wishing to find out information about waiting times and appointments should contact the NHS e-Referral service direct on 0345 6088 888.
There are sometimes lengthy waiting times for patients to be seen following referral by the GP. There may be occasions where the wait is medically unacceptable, for example your condition may be deteriorating or new symptoms have appeared and if this is the case we would ask that you contact the receptionist and ask if the GP can expedite your referral.
Please do not make an appointment with the GP for this purpose. The hospital consultants, according to their workload, make decisions on how a patient’s appointment should be prioritised and it is not always possible to override this, particularly if there is no clinic availability.