For Patients

For most procedures, you will need a referral from your doctor. The information your doctor knows about your medical history will be helpful to us. You can have some treatments without a referral, such as cosmetic surgery. If you’re interested in our weight loss surgery programme, you can see us first, then get a referral from your doctor before your pre-assessment.

If there’s a treatment you’re interested in, get in touch with us and we’ll let you know whether you need to go to your doctor for a referral.

For GPs and Healthcare Professionals

Ways to refer your patient:

You can refer a patient by contacting the relevant hospital directly, or contacting the consultant (most consultants have their contact details on their profile on this website). For further information, please read the specific hospital's referral guide:

Who can you refer?

Patients with Medical Insurance: 
We have agreements with all major insurers. The insurance scheme / policy details are required when booking an appointment to ensure that we can obtain pre-authorisation for any appointments and treatment. A GP letter is required for a patient to use their insurance.
Patients without Medical Insurance (self-paying): 
Nuffield Health provides its full range of services to patients who are self funding their treatment.
NHS patients via NHS e-Referral Service: 
A selected number of specialties are available to patients accessing treatment through Patient Choice. You and your patient can select the most convenient time, date and place of treatment for those NHS services that we have currently listed on the NHS e-Referral Service web portal. NHS patients receiving treatment at a Nuffield Health hospital can expect the same exacting standards of personal service and professional care as our fee-paying guests.

Referrals from the NHS are subject to the National NHS tariff and cost no more than in other NHS facilities. NHS patients will not be charged for treatment or appointments. As with most NHS facilities a charge will be made for extras such as telephone calls, newspapers, magazines and visitors’ meals.

For booking assistance or to find out more about the Patient Choice services that we provide through our Nuffield Health hospitals, please contact the Nuffield Health Choose and Book Contact Centre:
Tel: 0800 015 5020
Fax: 0845 280 3251

And, for more general information on Patient Choice go to the NHS choices website:

Nuffield Health Formulary Statement

27.1.1 Publication and accessibility of Formulary:

Nuffield Health has a national formulary that uses the electronic British National Formulary (eBNF) as a platform. Nuffield Health does not have a local formulary because Consultants are engaged from various NHS Trusts/Foundation Trusts (FTs). The prescribing of medication for NHS patients is undertaken in accordance with the local formulary of the relevant NHS Trust/FT. Please refer to the local NHS Trust/FT for information on local formulary prescribing. 

27.1.2 Relevant NICE Technology Appraisals:

Each Nuffield Health hospital is able to provide local information on the implementation of NICE Technology Appraisals (TA) which are relevant to the treatment of NHS patients in Nuffield Health.

27.1.3 Availability of treatments recommended in positive NICE Technology Appraisals:

NICE TA are not always applicable since Nuffield Health does not necessarily provide the treatment under NHS contract. However, each Nuffield Health hospital will liaise with the NHS locally to ensure continuity of care for any NHS contract patients already receiving treatment

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