Following consultation with your GP, it may be necessary for you to be referred to a specialist via a hospital appointment. The new Choose and Book service will mean that you may have a choice of where and when it suits you to be treated, dependent of course on who you need to see.
Your GP, or one of the practice team, will take you through the options available to you and supply you with all the necessary information, should the need arise.
Once your referral has been made under the Choose and Book system, you will then be contacted by a member of the Somerset referral booking service team who will discuss the available options with you. They will then assist with making an appointment at your chosen place of treatment, at a time that you are able to attend.
Williton has a small modern community hospital for which the practice doctors have day-to-day responsibility. Some outpatient clinics are held here or at Minehead hospital some 9 miles away. The nearest District General Hospital is Musgrove Park, 15 miles away in Taunton. In addition, the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre is able to offer patients a range of services.
The hospital transport service is restricted to patients who have no alternative means of transport and who are receiving certain services or treatments that mean they qualify as having a medical need.
Patients who qualify as having a medical need are those who are:
- attending a day hospital appointment
- having day surgery
- being transferred to or discharged from hospital
Or those who are receiving:
- Renal Dialysis
- Cancer services
- Mental health services
- Haematology services
- Services for people with learning disabilities
For intial referrals, contact patient support and transport booking services on 01278 432025, weekdays between 10.00 and 16.00. For follow-up appointments / pre-admission checks and operations, contact the appropriate hospital department who will pass the details on to the hospital transport officer.