If your GP needs you to see a specialist for an appointment or treatment, you can choose where to go from a range of NHS, private and independent hospitals across England.
This choice is available because the CCG buys routine inpatient, day-case and outpatient services (referred to as planned or elective care) from a number of hospitals across the country on behalf of the community.
You have the right to start treatment within 18 weeks from referral, unless you choose to wait longer or it’s clinically appropriate that you wait longer.
Patients with urgent conditions such as cancer and heart disease will be able to see a specialist more quickly.
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