When you speak to a GP one of two things will happen:
The GP can treat you
Your GP will take care of your condition themselves, without the need for onward referral.
The GP gives you an open referral letter
If you have a condition that requires a GP referral, we recommend you ask for an open referral letter. This will detail the care your GP would like you to have, but will not be addressed to a specific consultant, hospital or healthcare professional. We aim to offer a choice of two or three specialists. If the first choice consultant is unavailable, you’ll see an alternative specialist without the need to return to your GP for a second referral.
Important: Open referral is mandatory on some personal, corporate and company health insurance schemes.
Please call us on 0345 609 0111^ if you’re unsure.