If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, the NHS Constitution says you can choose which hospital or service you go to.
You can view what choices are currently available to NHS patients in the NHS Choice Framework. This is also where you'll find information about when you can't choose, for example, if you need emergency care or if you are a member of the armed forces. We would recommend that you make sure you know which options apply to you.
The NHS Choice Framework provides information on choosing the following care and treatment:
- choice of GP
- choosing a hospital or consultant
- choosing a mental health service
- choices in maternity services
- choices in end of life care.
Visit the NHS Choice Framework for a full list of choices available and information on whether they are legal rights. You can also find information and support to help you choose.
You can find further information about Your choices in the NHS on the NHS Choices website.
The NHS Choices website also provides: