You can go to either an NHS or a private GP in order to get a referral letter. You will then be able to take this to your private dermatologist when you make your appointment. You’ll get to choose which doctor you see and you’ll get the care you need as quickly as possible.
Can you self refer to a dermatologist UK?
Generally, you cannot self-refer to a specialist within the NHS, except when accessing sexual health clinics or A&E treatment. A specialist will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP.
Can I self refer to a dermatologist?
No, it’s possible to seek private treatment from a consultant or specialist without being referred by your GP. However, the British Medical Association (BMA) believes that, in most cases, it’s best practice for patients to be referred for specialist treatment by their GP.
How long does it take to be referred to a dermatologist UK?
The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.
Can you see a dermatologist for free UK?
We aim to have appointments available within a 48 hour period (Mon-Fri). You can book to speak with an NHS dermatologist for free online from your phone or laptop wherever you are – home or work. No travel needed.
What do you do when a GP refuses you?
If a GP is unsure about a diagnosis, they could be found negligent if they failed to refer you to a specialist and you suffered as a result of this. If you have not been referred for a second opinion and have suffered as a consequence, you may wish to complain.
How long does NHS dermatologist appointment take?
The department tries to keep routine appointment waits at no longer than 8 weeks and urgent appointments within 2 weeks. If your GP thinks that you may have a malignant melanoma or a squamous carcinoma, you will be referred on the 2 week wait system and be seen within 2 weeks.
Why is it so hard to get a dermatology appointment?
One major reason is that there simply aren’t enough dermatologists available. A cap on medical residency training, an increase in demand for new treatments, and awareness of skin diseases also cause a shortage in available dermatologists.
Can you switch from private to NHS?
Yes, it is possible. For example, you can get the chemo and surgery in private, but then move to NHS to continue with radiotherapy and get your antibody treatment. As long as treatment parts are separate to each other in terms of time, this is possible.
Can my GP refuse to refer me to a specialist?
They don’t have to refer you to a specialist if they believe it’s not the right option. However, you’re entitled to ask for the reason why they refused your referral request. If you’re unhappy about being refused a referral, you may ask to speak with another GP to get a second opinion.
Is it safe to go to a dermatologist right now?
To protect patients’ health, the American Medical Association recommends that doctors limit visitors (people who aren’t patients) during the coronavirus pandemic. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that any person accompanying you to an appointment wait in the car or outside the office while you receive care.