Shared Decision Making and Decision aids
Sometimes patients cant be completely sorted by our team in the practice and need to be referred onto specialists for futher advice. We think its important for you to understand what the options are and you will make the best choice if you are informed.
Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.
Once you have a diagnosis, there are often options for your care. These decision aids will help you to look at the range of treatments available to help you to decide whats best for you.
E-Referral (Referral Appointments)
Most referrals are made using the national e-Referral system. This system occasionally has difficulties. When it is working well your GP or Nurse Practitioner should be able to discuss your choice of appointments and book an appointment of your preference at the time of your consultation.
If the system is out of service, you may be given instructions on how to make the appointment yourself.
For patients who experience difficulties with the booking system, our Surgery staff, in particular the medical secretaries, will work with you to ensure you receive your appointment. If you have any queries on your referral please contact the medical secretaries for advice.