Referrals Information Leaflet

Specialist and Hospital Care

If a GP or another member of our health care team believes you need hospital treatment or specialist care elsewhere you will be referred to an appropriate community or secondary care clinic.

Our main local hospitals include:

  • Barnet Hospital

  • Chase Farm Hospital

  • Finchley Memorial Hospital (no A&E department)

  • Royal Free Hospital

  • North Middlesex Hospital

  • University College Hospital

All practice referrals in Barnet will be sent to the Referral Management Service (RMS) where a team of experienced doctors will decide on the best place for you to be seen. That may be a community clinic, a hospital, or they might ask your GP to carry out further tests, for example an x-ray before making a decision about your treatment.

If your condition can best be managed by the GP and Practice nurse you will be referred back to your practice. Please note that Community Clinics are often also consultant led.

If the RMS team decide that the best option for you is to be seen in a hospital, you will be sent a ‘Choose & Book’ letter which will provide a selection of hospitals. If you have already specified a hospital preference you will be sent a request for that hospital only. Full instructions are given in the letter on how to book an appointment at a date and time convenient to you, which you can do by telephone or via the internet.

Whichever route is selected, you can be assured that it will be the right one, at the right place, and you will be seen by the right person, at the right time. 

You should hear about your referral within four to six weeks of seeing your GP. If you haven’t heard anything after this time, call the RMS on 020 8865 2040.