Patient choice is at the heart of the NHS. There are a range of choices that patients can expect to be offered in the NHS services they use.
If your GP needs to refer you to a particular service for a physical or mental health condition, in most cases you have a legal right to choose which hospital or service you go to. You can also choose where to give birth. This includes NHS and many private hospitals that provide services to the NHS. You may also choose your clinical team led by a consultant or named healthcare professional.
There are a number of places where you can access information about hospitals and services:
We are committed to promoting patient choice. To learn more, see the NHS Choice Framework published by the Department of Health.
A leaflet on patient choice is available to download here.