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Referrals to Secondary Care

About your Referral


The government has advertised extensively that patients have choice about where they have their hospital treatment. We applaud the desire to provide the best possible service for the convenience of patients. In our experience, patients mainly want to be treated in hospitals that are local to their homes, as soon as is practicable, and within a caring and high quality health environment.

bp2SmallOnce the doctor has indicated that a referral is appropriate, he/she will inform the patient that a choice of hospitals or clinics is available. At that point, the patient can decide where they would like to go for treatment.

Patients should call the booking centre to make an appointment convenient to them. Alternatively a booking can be made over the internet.

The system is designed to give patients flexibility about when and where they are treated. 





  • You do not normally need a doctor's certificate for the first seven days of illness.
  • Statutory Sick Pay Regulations state that employers are required to accept self-certification - completed by you - for the first seven days of illness.
  • These certificates are available from the surgery or by downloading one and printing it yourself by clicking here.

All employers must comply with these regulations

  • You do not require ANY form of certificate for the first 4 days off work.
  • If you take more than four and up to seven days off, you must complete a self certificate.
  • Any time off over seven days requires a doctor's certificate and you will need to visit a doctor to obtain this.

Private Sick Notes

  • Some employers or insurance schemes may ask you to provide a private sick note.
  • There will be a fee if you require a private sick note for the first seven days of your illness.
  • The surgery will be able to advise of the current fee or click here for a list of charges.
  • It would be expected that an employer would cover this cost for you as a sick note is not normally required to the first seven days of illness.


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