Choose and Book is a national electronic referral service which gives patients a choice of place, date and time for their hospital outpatient appointment. The service has been in use since 2005 when it was also referred to as “Patient Choice”.
For you, the patient, Choose and Book allows you to decide on where you would like your care provided by giving you a set of options to choose which clinic or hospital you wish to attend as well as a choice of dates and times for your appointment.
Your GP will arrange for a referral letter to be done and details will be provided to you to enable you to make your own booking via information provided to you on an appointment request letter which lists your unique booking reference number, your NHS number and a list of hospital or clinic options for you to choose from (sometimes this may be several choices but occasionally there may only be one choice). The letter will also show your unique password. This password will remain the same throughout your time using the Choose and Book system as it is unique to you as an individual.
Choose and Book provides flexibility enabling you to plan and manage your appointment to meet your individual needs around work, education or other commitments such as carer schedules or family availability. Once booked you are also able to check the status of your referral and to change or cancel an appointment easily over the telephone or internet by providing your unique password.
If you know where and when you would like to be seen and require assistance with booking your appointment ask to speak to the practice secretary who can provide you with a range of times/days for you to choose from and can book the appointment for you. You will be given confirmation of your booked appointment information.
You may want more time to consider your choices. If so, an appointment request letter will be sent to you when the GP makes the referral enabling you to book your appointment later. You can then decide how you wish to book your appointment; via the telephone, using the national number on the letter or via the internet.
For more information on C&B look at their website www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/patients or pick up a leaflet from the surgery reception area.
If you have any questions on the Choose and Book system please ask to speak to Katrina James or Emily Hall our practice secretaries. Either will be happy to explain how the system works or to assist you if you would like help booking your appointment.