Under the Choice initiative, GPs must give patients a choice of at least four providers for the 14 main specialties when they refer patients to the secondary sector. NHS e-Referral Service is the system by which a patient's choice of booking is made. Choice at referral to hospital was introduced on 1st January 2006.
Subscribers to the FPM website can access a model Referral Audit (Choice) Procedure in the practice administration index of the FPM policies and procedures library. If you are not a member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.
NHS e-Referral Service is a national service across England that combines electronic booking and a choice of place, date and time for patients' first outpatient appointments.