When you are referred to a specialist or therapist by a GP, the specialist becomes responsible for your care in relation to the condition they are treating. This guidance has been produced by Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee and is designed to inform you of what to expect and save you any unnecessary trips to the GP.
Test & Investigations
The specialist will sort out all the necessary tests and investigations and will send you details of your appointments.
If the specialist requires blood tests he/she should give you a request form which you can bring to the surgery.
The specialist is responsible for acting upon the results of any tests he/she requests and for informing you of the results.
If you haven't heard from the specialist about a test result please ring his or her secretary at the hospital. (The number will be on the appointment letter you will be sent.) Your surgery may not know the result and will not know what the specialist intended to do with the information.
If the specialist prescribes a new medication or changes one that you are on please ask them to provide you with the first prescription. This may be on a white prescription that can be used in the hospital pharmacy or on a green one that you can take to your normal pharmacy.
The specialist will tell your surgery about the change in your medication. You will then be able to order re-supply without an appointment. You may need to telephone your surgery to confirm this or use online services if you have registered for them.
If you are uncertain what changes the specialist is making please ask them to explain it to you at your appointment. It saves you having to see your GP to discuss something he or she may only know of from a short letter of explanation.
Sick or Fit Note (Med3)
If you need to be certified as unfit to work as a result of the treatment provided by your specialist (or therapist) he or she should issue a sick note when you are discharged from hospital or seen in clinic. Please ask for one if you need it.
Follow Up Appointments
If you need to be seen again the hospital will provide you with another appointment. If it does not arrive in a timely way then please ask the specialists' secretary. (Make a note of the contact number, just in case!)
In summary, the specialists are responsible for:
- Looking after all your tests
- Providing prescriptions when needed
- Issuing a sick note when required
- Providing you with a follow up appointment if necessary.
Find out more information from this NHS leaflet - What happens when you are referred to a specialist