The benefits of NHS e-Referrals

The NHS e-Referral service has benefits for all users, including:

  • cost and time savings
  • fewer missed appointments
  • fewer inappropriate referrals
  • shorter referral to treatment times
  • choice of hospital or specialist
  • choice of appointment date and time


e-Referrals: why and how

This video explains the benefits of referrals for GPs, practice staff and patients.


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e-Referrals: support
Referrer's advice
The information is designed to support referrers using the NHS e-Referral Service for the first time as well as those who want to make the most of the service. There are documents, guidance and training tools relating to benefits, implementation, technical processes and other helpful information.
Training advice
NHS Digital provides the following training and education materials to support organisations using the NHS e-Referral Service
NHS Digital future services
NHS Digital are listening to your views on the NHS e-Referral Service and your requirements. In response to this, the service is continually being improved to make it easier, quicker and more convenient to use by referrers, providers and patients.

Help your patients to understand e-Referrals
The NHS Choices page about e-Referrals for patients.

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