Patient choice


Enfield CCG is committed to ensuring that patients are able to exercise choice of provider in accordance with their rights as set out in the NHS Constitution.

The CCG will work with referrers, including GPs, to ensure that they are aware of patients’ right to choose, and that appropriate information is available at the point of referral to ensure that an informed choice can be made.

As set out in the NHS Constitution, you have a number of choices concerning your care and treatment as a patient. These choices include:

  • the right to choose your GP surgery, and to be accepted by that practice unless there are reasonable grounds to refuse, in which case you will be informed of those reasons;
  • the right to express a preference for using a particular doctor within your GP surgery, and for the surgery to try to comply;
  • the right to choose which hospital to go to if your GP refers you to see a specialist as defined in National Guidance;
  • the right to be involved in decisions about your healthcare and to be given the information you need to do this You can read more about your choices within the NHS here. These are not the only choices you can make. There are choices in your lifestyle, decisions about your treatment, and even the way in which you interact with doctors and other health professionals that can all affect your health. To get the full benefit of the health service it is essential to give careful consideration to these other choices too.

You can read more about your choices within the NHS by visiting the NHS website.

These are not the only choices you can make. There are choices in your lifestyle, decisions about your treatment, and even the way in which you interact with doctors and other health professionals that can all affect your health.

To get the full benefit of the health service it is essential to give careful consideration to these other choices too.

Further links:

The NHS website helps patients in this area by providing tools and information. The resources include:

  • Health A-Z. Use the Health A-Z to see the common treatment options for particular conditions and find links to specialist charities and patient groups in each area.
  • Medicines. NHS Choices information and guidance on medicines.
  • Hospital locator. Tool which allows all NHS hospitals to be searched according to location, consultant, surgical procedures and department.
  • NHS e-referral service. The online service that allows you to book your own hospital appointments.