Referral to a specialist

The BMA, NHS England, and the National Association for Patient Participation have developed a patient leaflet which describes what patients can expect if their GP refers them to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community centre.

The leaflet also provides a helpful checklist for patients to use before they leave hospital. If you are unsure about any of the questions in the checklist, please make sure you discuss them with a member of staff before you leave hospital.

The BMA patient liaison group has also created a guide on hospital discharge which documents patients', carers' and doctors' perspectives of hospital discharge. The guide includes stories about good and bad experiences to illustrate the importance of sensitive and timely 'joined-up-working' to facilitate a smooth transfer of care for patients leaving hospital.

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