which hospital GP's refer to

Last reviewed 01/2018

  • geographical location - nearest the practice (not necessarily nearest to the patient's residence)

  • transport - availability of public transport may be more important than proximity to the hospital

  • waiting times

  • preferred consultant - over 90% of referrals are to a named consultant - the GP's personal knowledge of consultant may influence choice

  • technical facilities available

  • patient preference

ref: M Roland & A Coulter, Hospital Referrals, Oxford 1992