The NHS e-Referral service that allows you to choose your hospital or clinic and book an appointment with a specialist.
From 1 January 2006, when you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist, you will be able to choose from at least 4 hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.
The benefits of e-Referral are:
You can choose from at least 4 hospitals
You can also choose the date and time for your appointment
You experience greater convenience and certainty. With the old system, your hospital or clinic chose the date and time of your appointment. This may not have been convenient for you. With e-Referral, the choice is yours
There is less chance that information will get lost in the post because more correspondence takes place through computers.
For more information please click NHS Choices e-Referral service.