You Have Been Referred to See a Specialist
This leaflet provides guidance on what to expect when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist (or therapist). Please read this information carefully - it may save you an unnecessary trip to the surgery by talking this process through with your specialist.
Tests & Investigations
All tests and investigations required by the specialist must be ordered by them and the appointments sent to you. If the specialist requires blood tests, he/she should give you a request form which you can take to whoever normally provides blood tests. This varies and may be at your surgery, a hospital or by appointment at the West Berkshire Community Hospital. The specialist is responsible for acting upon the results of any test he/she requests and for informing you of the results. If you haven’t heard from the specialist about a test result, please ring his or her secretary at the hospital. Unfortunately, your surgery may not have seen the result and will not know what the specialist intended to do with the information.
If the specialist prescribes a new medication or changes one that you are on, please ask them to provide you with the first prescription. This may be on a white prescription that can be used in the hospital pharmacy or on a green one that you can take to your normal pharmacy. Upon notification from the specialist, your surgery may automatically add the medication change to your repeat list on the computer. You will then be able to order re-supply without an appointment. You may need to telephone your surgery to confirm this or use on-line services if you have registered for them. If you are uncertain what changes the specialist is making, please ask them to explain it to you at the appointment. It saves you having to see your GP to discuss something he or she may only know of from a short letter of explanation.
Sick or Fit Note (Med3)
If you need to be certified as unfit for work as a result of the treatment provided by your specialist (or therapist), he or she should issue a sick note when you are discharged from hospital or seen in the clinic. Please ask for one if you need it.
If you need to be seen again, the hospital will provide you with another appointment. Please ask the specialist’s secretary if it does not arrive in a timely way.
In summary, the specialists are responsible for:
√ looking after your tests
√ providing prescriptions when needed
√ issuing a sick note if required
√ providing you with a follow-up appointment if necessary
If you wish to enquire about the results of any investigations, please telephone after 2.00pm, when the receptionist should be able to help you. However, please note the receptionists are not clinically trained and will simply pass on available comments and instructions from the doctor.
All results are scrutinised by the doctor and you will be notified of any abnormal results that require action.