I have been to see an endocrinologist in London privately and he says I can ask my GP to refer myself to him on the NHS. I just wanted to know as its outside my CCG whether my GP has to make a request for funding for this or whether she can just refer me straight away? Its just that I have needed to be referred out of area before for an urgent referral to a specialist service that is only offered at that hospital in London and I had to wait a month before the referral could go off while she waited for approval for funding for this. She said she has to do this for any referrals out of area, I just don't want to have to wait a month for this one to go off.
I also have been told funding was not granted before for a different appointment out of area as there are consultants locally that can treat me, even though I thought you were allowed to choose your consultant regardless of location? Any help with clarification on this would be great, thanks.