South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust no longer accepts paper referrals from GP practices into consultant led first outpatient services.
All referrals should be sent electronically via the NHS e-Referral Service (previously known as Choose and Book). The NHS e-Referral Service provides an electronic route of referral and combines electronic booking with a choice of place, date and time for first outpatient appointments.
The e-Referral Service Paper Switch Off Programme is a national programme with support of NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital and is a key element in making progress towards a paperless NHS.
The programme aims to meet the conditions of the NHS Standard Contract 2018/19 where, from 1 October 2018, providers “need not accept (and will not be paid for any activity resulting from) referrals by GPs to consultant-led acute outpatient services made other than through the NHS e-Referral Service”.
This page contains information and system guidance for GP practices to aid and support the transition to 100% electronic referrals into consultant led first outpatient services.
If you would like further information on the e-Referral Service Paper Switch Off Programme please visit the NHS Digital website.
For any queries regarding the e-RS Paper Switch Off Programme please contact Lizzy Armatage (e-Referral service manager) email@example.com