If your GP feels you need specialist assessment, investigations or treatment, they will refer you to a hospital to be seen by an appropriate specialist. Exceptions are the accident and emergency unit and sexual health clinic where you can self-refer.
How does a GP make a referral?
Your GP will write referral letter to the specialist, outlining your symptoms and investigations so far.
Can I choose who I see?
You will be given a choice of hospitals by your GP who will write a referral letter to the specialist.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
Waiting times for hospital treatment vary, but you should expect to wait no longer than:
- 13 weeks for your first outpatient appointment
- Six months for inpatient treatment
- Two weeks if you're referred urgently with suspected cancer
- Two months from GP referral for suspected cancer to treatment
- One month from the date of cancer diagnosis to treatment
- Two weeks for a specialist chest pains clinic if you are suffering from chest pains and angina is suspected.
The nearest hospitals for Merton patients are: