How to refer
GPs please see below for our simple referral process whether within region or out
GP referrals to all of our consultant-led services are available through the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS).
We are not able to accept paper referrals from GPs. Instead, all practices must make full use of e-RS for all consultant-led first outpatient appointments.
Refer your patient
Prior to referral check
The following referral checklist can be used for those patients who may require a hip or knee replacement.
- Have all non-surgical pathways been exhausted?
- Is the patient agreeable to surgery?
- Is the patient fit for surgery?
If patients are referred to a local MSK service, advanced practitioners are also available to refer to SWLEOC clinics
Patient complains of a musculoskeletal problem.
(if hip or knee) GP undertakes a hip or knee Oxford Score (if they use this scoring tool).
Discuss referral with patient and ensure they are as fit as possible for surgery (no other underlying health investigations currently being undertaken).