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NHS e-Referral Service: information for GPs

According to the new NHS Standard Contract, from 1 October 2018 we will not accept (and will not be paid for any activity resulting from) referrals by NHS GPs to Consultant-led acute outpatient services made in any other way than via the NHS e-Referral Service.

As a result, all of our specialties are in the process of reviewing their service documents, updating the current published directory and carrying out preparatory work for all appointments to be made available to book via e-RS.

Our aim is to switch from paper forms to e-RS across Evelina London in a phased approach in time for the national deadline of 1 October 2018.

The first services to have stopped accepting GP referrals that are not via e-RS (eg: paper and email referrals) are:

The next services to stop accepting GP referrals that are not via e-RS will be:

  • bladder
  • metabolic inherited diseases
  • renal

Any non e-RS referrals sent to Evelina London by NHS GPs for the specialties listed above will be returned to the referring practice. Only referrals made via e-RS will be accepted. This includes all new routine and urgent referrals.

Referrals from the below sources will continue to be accepted:

  • tertiary referrals
  • referring organisation not connected to NHS e-RS, eg: dentists, optometrists
  • self-referrals
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