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Under the NHS e-Referral Service, you can choose the hospital or clinic where you would like to receive treatment, as long as your GP feels that you need to visit a particular hospital or clinic to receive appropriate medical treatment.
If you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, they will probably suggest that you try various tests or treatment options first to
see whether your condition improves. A specialist will only see you with a referral letter from your General Practitioner.
If you are insured with a private medical insurance company, you will usually have to see your GP first. Your GP can then issue you with an Open Referral, a letter referring you to a specialist, but without naming the specialist. This will allow you to choose and make an appointment with a specialist of your choice.
You will still need to check that the specialist you choose is accepted by your private medical insurance company. Call them and inquire to make sure.
Choose your own consultant.
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