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More information about patient 'choice'

If you and your GP decide that you need to see a specialist for more treatment, you can now choose where and when to have your treatment from a list of hospitals or clinics.

Research has shown that patients want to be more involved in making decisions and choosing their healthcare. Most of the patients who are offered a choice of hospital consider the experience to be positive and valuable. The NHS is changing to give you more choice and flexibility in how you are treated.

Your GP will be able to tell you about your choices of hospitals and may be able to suggest community-based services, such as 'GPs with Special Interests' or community clinics. Or, if your GP decides to refer you to a Clinical Assessment Service and you then need to go to hospital, you will be able to choose from this list of hospitals.

There are a number of approved websites where you can find out more about our Trust to help you make your choice.

The official NHS website has more information about our Trust and all the others in the NHS.

The independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the health watchdog in England. They check that healthcare services are meeting standards in a range of areas, including safety, cleanliness and waiting times and carry much information about our Trust.