Quick Answer: Can A&E Refer You?

What is an urgent referral?

What does it mean to be urgently referred.

An urgent two-week referral means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP) making the referral..

Can I ask my doctor to refer me to a specialist?

If you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, they will probably suggest that you first try various tests, or treatment options, to see whether your condition improves. A specialist will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP.

When should I go to A&E?

Please remember that A&E or phoning 999 are for emergencies only, such as severe injury, a suspected heart attack or stroke, breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding.

What is the average NHS waiting time?

At least 92% of people waiting for elective care are expected to have waited for 18 weeks or less from being referred by a GP. At the end of 2018/19, 86.7% of people had been waiting for 18 weeks or less (see chart below) – down from 94% in 2012/13 when this version of the 18-week target was set.

What is a red flag referral?

You’ve been referred as a red flag because your GP or dentist feels your symptoms need further investigation as soon as possible and has referred you to a specialist. There are many common conditions that these symptoms could be linked to, including the possibility of cancer.

Can A&E turn you away?

Can I be turned away from A&E? You can’t be turned away from A&E if you need emergency treatment, or prevented from coming back in the future. When you arrive in A&E you should be assessed by a clinical member of staff.

Can I ask my dentist to refer me to hospital?

You can definitely ask to have a GA to have teeth out . This could be at a local hospital or dental hospital. You need to be assertive about what you want though , and stress that you can only accept that , otherwise they may try to persuade you out of it .

Can I get an MRI at A&E?

Sometimes, if you are very ill or hurt, you may need to go to the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital known as A&E – and they might send you for scan. There are two main types of scans – CT scans and MRI scans. Both scan machines are in the x-ray department.

Why does A&E take so long?

Waiting times depend on the pressure on the service. More and more people are using A&E sometimes when they don’t need to (like for sore throats). Also unfortunately many people are using it when they get drunk or do drugs and have problems as a result. This is affecting an already busy system.

Do you always need a referral to see a specialist?

Medical specialists generally don’t see patients without current referrals, and being a previous patient of a medical specialist doesn’t necessarily mean you can make ongoing appointments, either.

Can I get an MRI scan without a referral?

At Prescan you can have a MRI scan without a referral from your GP. And moreover, you do not have a long waiting time. Often you are helped within a week. You receive the results the following week after the examination and are given expert advice from a specialist: so you know where you stand.

How long do urgent referrals take?

WHAT IS AN URGENT REFERRAL? Your GP has arranged for you to see a hospital doctor (specialist) within two weeks – a process also known as the two-week referral. This is to investigate your symptoms further.

Can my GP refuse to refer me to a specialist?

If you disagree with your GP’s decision, you can ask them to refer you to another healthcare professional for a second opinion (an opinion about your health from a different doctor). Although you do not have a legal right to a second opinion, a healthcare professional will rarely refuse to refer you for one.

How long is the wait for A&E?

4 hoursThe waiting time target for patients in A&E is currently set to 4 hours from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. However, not all hospitals have urgent care centres associated, which means people with minor injuries may have a longer wait until they’re seen.

Can I refer myself to a specialist?

Generally, you cannot self-refer to a specialist within the NHS, except when accessing sexual health clinics or A&E treatment. A specialist will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP.

Can GP refer to dentist?

GPs can offer pain relief or antibiotics, but will usually refer patients to a dentist”, says Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chair of the BDA’s general dental practice. “The overwhelming majority of these patients require root treatment or extraction, which GPs cannot provide.

Can my GP refer me for an MRI scan?

Fortunately, you don’t have to make this decision on your own. It is generally the case that you need a referral for an MRI scan. So, the physiotherapist, doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioner will discuss all the issues around whether you should or shouldn’t have an MRI before a decision is made.

Can I see a private doctor without a referral?

No, it’s possible to seek private treatment from a consultant or specialist without being referred by your GP. However, the British Medical Association (BMA) believes that, in most cases, it’s best practice for patients to be referred for specialist treatment by their GP.

How long does a Gynaecology referral take?

Your GP has referred you to the hospital on an urgent two week wait referral. This means that we will offer you an appointment within two weeks of referral. This is because they have some concerns about some symptoms you have been experiencing, or you had an unusual finding on an ultrasound scan.

Can MRI results be seen immediately?

This means it’s unlikely you’ll get the results of your scan immediately. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. It usually takes a week or two for the results of an MRI scan to come through, unless they’re needed urgently.

What is the 2 week rule?

The 2 week rule (also called 2 week wait) is a referral for patients who have signs and symptoms that can be caused by cancer BUT in my experience, the majority of patients referred on this pathway do not have cancer.