Your eye care clinician has decided that an onward referral to secondary care for further investigation and treatment for your eye condition is required. There are a number of options open to patients being referred into the NHS depending on their circumstances. The below gives an idea of what options are open to you.
You can be seen by an NHS hospital of choosing, as long as the hospital has the expertise and equipment to manage your particular condition. If you have decided that you would like to be seen by the NHS your referral will be sent to your care provider of choice. You will be contacted directly by your choice of provider with an appointment. It is important to note that with the current strain on the NHS it might take up to 6 weeks to receive a letter.
If you have private medical insurance (PMI) you may be eligible to receive treatment privately. You will need to speak with your private health insurance provider to ascertain whether your condition is covered. If it is then your GP will need to refer you. Any patient with PMI (Private Medical Insurance) can be referred to private healthcare if their GP thinks they need specialist treatment or care. Sometimes this is covered by the NHS, but often it is the patients with private medical insurance (PMI) that are referred.
If you would like to be referred to a private specialist, you can ask your GP and they usually will allow you to seek a second opinion. In order for your medical insurance to cover your private consultation or treatment, you typically need to provide a letter of referral from your doctor.
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