NHS Greater Preston clinical commissioning group believes patient choice is crucial and should underpin the delivery of a patient-centred health service. Choice empowers individuals to obtain the health and social care services they need and deserve.
Providing the public and patients with the correct information enables them to make effective choices that are right for them and their families.
Under the rights of the NHS Constitution for England (external site) and the NHS Patient Choice Framework (external site), patients have the right to start consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks, unless a patient chooses or it is clinically appropriate to wait longer.
More information about NHS waiting times can be found on the NHS Choices website
As set out in the NHS Constitution, you have a number of choices concerning your care and treatment as a patient.
These choices include:
- the right to choose your GP surgery, and to be accepted by that practice unless there are reasonable grounds to refuse, in which case you will be informed of those reasons;
- the right to express a preference for using a particular doctor within your GP surgery, and for the surgery to try to comply;
- the right to choose which hospital to go to if your GP refers you to see a specialist as defined in National Guidance;
- the right to be involved in decisions about your healthcare and to be given the information you need to do this;
For a full list of your guaranteed choices within the NHS you can read more about your rights and pledges as a patient.
To understand what service to chose if you feel unwell please visit our choosing the right service page.