Any patients with straightforward problems can self refer to Northumbria's Joint Musculo-skeletal and Pain Service (JMAPS).
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GP practices and hospitals use different ways of arranging appointments:
We may give you a reference number and password you can use to book, change or cancel your appointment online or by 'phone.
You may receive a letter from the hospital confirming your appointment. You need to respond as soon as possible to confirm and you should let them know if you aren't able to attend.
You may receive a letter asking you to 'phone the hospital to make an appointment.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (Hexham General Hospital) uses a system called Consultant First for many of its clinics. The practice secretaries choose a specialty on the e-referral system (formerly choose and book) and attach clinical details for a consultant to assess (triage). the consultant then determines in which clinic and when the patient should be seen. At this point, the referral is out of the control of the practice and all information comes to the patient from the Hospital Trust.
If the consultant does not think the patient needs to be seen face to face, he or she will send written advice back to the GP making recommendations for ongoing clinical care.