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e-RS can now be used for more routine referrals


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e-RS can now be used for more routine referrals

NHS England and Improvement advised GPs that referrals to secondary care should continue to be made as normal and to use advice and guidance to reduce unnecessary referrals to hospital, where possible.

Hospitals have also been advised that in order to support this, they must ensure that their services remain available on the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) for GPs to make referrals into.  For GPs, this means more routine referrals can start being made via e-RS in the normal way. 

NHS Digital provides new guidance that sets out the various features of e-RS that can help everyone safely manage the referral process according to clinical priority.