If you need referring to a consultant for further investigations your doctor will write a letter.
The referral may be made through computer software called Choose and Book. This involves sending your details to the NHS spine. The NHS spine is a secure central NHS computer database.
Once your appointment is booked your chosen hospital will access the NHS spine to download the referral letter from your doctor. If it is possible for your referral to be made through Choose and Book you will be asked if you agree to your details being sent to the NHS spine.
Admissions to and Discharge from Hospital
The surgery is not always kept informed when a patient is admitted to hospital. Likewise, the surgery is not always informed of a patient’s discharge. Please do not assume that we know about your progress whilst you are in hospital or your discharge from hospital. If you feel that there is something we should know, especially if you require a visit or medication, tell the surgery as soon as possible.
The practice receives a large number of letters from hospitals each day and it is not possible to contact everyone when correspondence about them has arrived. Many letters are not received until 2 or 3 weeks after the hospital appointment. Please do not assume that the surgery will contact you when a letter is received. If you wish to know the contents of a letter, contact the surgery.
Wallingford Community Hospital
There is a maternity unit, and an in-patient ward. There are a few specialist out-patient clinics. There is also a day care ward for the elderly and a physiotherapy department.