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What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist? – patient leaflet published

 

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What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist? – patient leaflet published

New measures have been introduced into the NHS Standard Contract to try to provide more seamless care for patients between general practices and hospitals - a commitment in the General Practice Forward View.

 A system-wide national working group has also been established to drive action for improvement and also aiming to reduce the number of occasions where patients are sent back to their GP unnecessarily following a hospital appointment. The aim is to improve patients’ experience of care, while also freeing up GP time. Members of the national working group including, NHS England, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), have come together to produce a patient facing leaflet, telling patients what should happen if they are referred by their GP to see a specialist or consultant at a hospital or in a community health centre.