Referrals: have you been referred?

Have you been referred?

What happens next?

Your referral is sent to the hospital. It is reviewed by the specialists’ team and added to a waiting list. The hospital manages the waiting lists not your GP.

Waiting times

Due to COVID, hospital waiting times are now very long. This means you might wait much longer than usual for an NHS appointment.

Hospital results & follow-up

Your specialist will discuss your results and follow-up with you. If you do not hear from them, please call the consultants secretary. Please do not ask your GP for hospital results. Royal Sussex County Hospital Switchboard: 01273 696955.

How to check your hospital appointment

Please contact the hospital to find out when you will be seen by the specialist. The numbers to call are:

For Orthopaedics (MSK), Podiatry, Pain Management, Rheumatology 0300 303 8063

For Diabetes 0300 303 8066

For Wellbeing 0300 002 0060

For Radiology/Imaging 01273 523040

For all other hospital appointments call The Outpatient Booking Centre 0300 303 8360

How to get more help

The hospital has a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) who can help you. Royal Sussex County Hospital PALS: 01273 664683 or 664973 Email:



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