Patient choice – Public Frequently Asked Questions

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is offering patients more choice in response to national plans to give patients more control over their care.

This means that people can decide for themselves, from a range of available options, where they would like to go to receive their treatment.

In line with the NHS England Choice Programme, and linked to the NHS Choice Framework, the local NHS referral teams are already offering patients a greater choice of providers from a list of suitable NHS hospitals and will soon be offering a much wider choice by including a number of registered independent hospitals and providers.

The local NHS referral teams will talk people through the available options, at the point of referral, so that they can choose what is right for them.

From the end of October, we will also be contacting eligible patients who have been waiting over 40 weeks and haven’t received an appointment date within the next eight weeks, to invite them to consider requesting to move hospital to receive earlier treatment.

Eligible patients will be contacted directly by the NHS trust or independent sector provider they are currently under the care of. Please do not contact your GP practice or NHS hospital proactively regarding this offer.

Eligible patients will be provided with more information about the process when they are invited to consider their options.

For more information, please read our frequently asked questions.

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Page last updated 27 October 2023