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Getting an Appointment with a Consultant

Getting an Appointment with a Consultant

It is in the best interests of patients that the overall management of their health should be under the care of a General Practitioner (GP). If you have a medical problem you should, in the first instance, discuss it with your GP. If he or she feels that your condition requires the services of a consultant he will give you a referral to the most appropriate one. You are free to suggest a specific consultant to your GP and if he agrees he will refer you to your nominated choice.

Under Medical Council ethical Guidelines, a consultant should not normally accept a patient without referral from a GP.

An exception to that occurs where a patient is admitted to hospital in an emergency, for example after a road traffic accident.

When you are admitted to hospital, either in an emergency or on a planned or elective basis, you will be under the care of your admitting consultant.

Your consultant leads a team of doctors with whom you will have most contact. This is quite normal. However, should your illness warrant it, the consultant will personally deliver the appropriate care. You may also have dealings with other consultants, such as radiologists, pathologists and anaesthetists, who also, because of their particular expertise, will be involved in your care. These non-admitting doctors work in the particular hospital in which you are being treated and form part of the team to provide you with the best care possible.