You are entitled to ask for a referral for specialist treatment on the NHS. However, whether you will get the referral depends on what your GP feels is clinically necessary in your case.

If you wish to be referred to a specialist in a particular field, such as a surgeon or a gynaecologist, then you will need to see a GP. This is because all your medical records are held by your GP who understands your health history and treatments better than anyone. The GP can then decide whether a specialist referral is necessary and, if so, can recommend which hospitals or clinics would be appropriate to visit.


If you are experiencing problems making your hospital appointment please contact:

Southmead appointments line: 0300 555 0103

Southmead Radiology appointments line: 0300 300 0089

Physiotherapy: 0117 414 4413

BRI appointments line: 0117 923 0000

BRI Eye Hospital appointments line: 0117 342 4884

BRI Dental Hospital appointments line: 0117 923 0050

Bristol Children’s Hospital appointment line: 0117 927 6998

St Michael’s Hospital appointment line: 0117 921 5411

Choose and Book appointments line: 0345 608 8888

MATS appointment line: 0117 330 2645


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