Choosing where to have your NHS surgery
Did you know that if you need to see an NHS specialist you have the right to choose any hospital or treatment centre in England?
Choosing where to have your NHS surgery or treatment can be difficult. We know that making an informed decision is important to you and your health outcomes.
This right to choose means that you can decide where to have treatment for most specialties including orthopaedics, ophthalmology and gynaecology.
Choosing where to be treated is important as clinicians and researchers agree that if you choose a hospital in which you feel comfortable and confident, you’re likely to improve both the result of your treatment and your experience while you’re in hospital.
- Download our quick reference guide to Choosing where to have your NHS surgery
- Download our full guide to Choosing where to have your NHS surgery
You can also find out more about your choices from the NHS Choices website.
How to get referred to Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre
We would be delighted if you chose to have your procedure at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.
To be able to receive treatment here, you’ll first need to be referred by your GP, dentist, optometrist or other healthcare specialist. We may be one of a number of options you’re given, but the choice is yours. Once you have been referred to us, we will contact you to make your first appointment.
We will send you a letter with the day, time and place for your consultation. Up to two days before your appointment we’ll get in touch by phone to confirm the appointment, to tell you about anything you’ll need to do before your visit, and to give you a chance to ask any questions.