Hospital Referrals and Appointments

Millions of outpatient appointments and treatments have been delayed in NHS hospitals during the pandemic. When patients contact the hospital they are sometimes told to ask their GP for an 'expedite letter'. This is frustrating for you and for us and rarely results in your appointment being brought forward.

If your gallbladder or arthritis pain is worse, if your mobility has reduced, or your tinnitus increased, this is not something that a GP can measure. We take your word for it and a hospital should too. Only the hospital can compare your needs with those other patients on their waiting list.

Please click on these links for the addresses and information of local hospitals:

In the event in a change of a potentially life-threatening health condition - for example a known cancer, or heart or lung symptoms - please contact Bootle Village Surgery, 999 or 111 in the first instance.