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NHS patients

Many patients are surprised to hear that they can be seen and treated in a private hospital as an NHS patient. Find out how the NHS e-Referrals service works by clicking on the links below.

How to be referred

As an NHS patient you can ask your GP to refer you to Sulis Hospital Bath.

You may be able to book your appointment whilst in the GP surgery but in the majority of cases you will receive a letter from your GP listing the choice of hospitals and giving you your unique booking reference number.

You can then book your appointment online or over the phone, asking for a time and date that is convenient for you.

If Sulis Hospital Bath is not given as a choice on the letter from your GP, please contact us on 01225 985 200 or email

NHS referral services

These are the clinics currently offered to NHS patients through e-Referrals.

  • Colorectal Clinic
  • General Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
  • Gastroscopy Clinic
  • Hernia Service Clinic
  • General Surgery - Lap Chole (gallbladder)
  • General Surgery - Lumps and Bumps Clinic
  • General Gynaecology Clinic
  • General Vascular Clinic
  • Cataract Clinic
  • Eyes - Oculoplastics, Orbits and Lacrimal Clinic
  • Foot and Ankle Clinic
  • Hand Surgery Clinic
  • Elbow Clinic
  • Shoulder Clinic
  • Hip Clinic
  • Knee Clinic
  • Spinal Clinic

Certain medical exclusion criteria apply.

Sulis Hospital Bath aims to treat all patients reasonable timeframe.

Initial outpatient consultations are usually available within a few weeks and treatment within 3 to10 weeks for most NHS e-Referral clinics. This means that you will receive treatment a consultant diagnosis and have clarity on the next stages of your care.

Since 2006 every patient in the country has the right to choose where they are treated under a system now called e-Referrals (previously known as Choose & Book). Sulis Hospital Bath welcomes NHS patients through this system no matter where they live in England.

We work with our local NHS Trust Hospitals to help reduce waiting lists. It costs the NHS the same amount whether you are treated at an independent hospital or an NHS Trust hospital. The solution takes pressure off nearby hospitals, doesn’t cost patients or the NHS anymore, and waiting times get shorter. You have the right to consider your choice and compare the different options as not all hospitals are the same.

Your GP surgery will provide you with a referral letter and your unique NHS booking reference number (UBRN). In some cases, you will be referred by your GP to your local Clinical Commissioning Group's Referral Support Service. The Referral Support Service advisors will discuss your options with you at which stage you can ask to be referred to Sulis Hospital Bath.

If you choose to come to Sulis Hospital Bath, you will be offered a choice of clinic times including some weekend and evening appointments, fast access to some of the best specialist doctors and the assurance that you will benefit from some of the best consultant-led care available.

You can ask to be transferred to Sulis Hospital Bath if you are on a long waiting list at another hospital. To do this you need to go back to your GP and ask to be re-referred to Sulis Hospital Bath.

We aim to treat patients within 18 weeks however the majority of patients are treated in shorter time frames. Initial outpatient consultations are usually available within a few weeks and treatment within 8 to 10 weeks for most NHS clinics.

The NHS Constitution (March 2013), gives patients the right to access certain services commissioned by NHS bodies within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer you a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible.

We can help you manage the transfer of your care to Sulis Hospital Bath.

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The award-winning Sulis Hospital Bath is approved by the Department of Health to offer services under the NHS e-Referrals programme.

Procedures are carried out in state-of-the-art operating theatres and Sulis Hospital Bath is proud of its zero-incident track record of hospital-acquired MRSA bloodstream and C.difficile infections.

Safety is our number one priority.

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How to find us
Just 10 minutes from Bath
The Sulis Hospital Bath,
Foxcote Avenue,
Peasedown St John,
Bath, BA2 8SQ
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By Car

Sulis Hospital is located 6 miles south of Bath city centre. Travelling from Bath, head south west on the A367. After you pass the Audi and Mercedes-Benz dealerships, on your left, take the first exit at the roundabout then turn left into Foxcote Avenue. Sulis Hospital is immediately on your right.


A visitors' car park is located directly in front of the hospital. This is free of charge to patients and visitors.

By Public Transport

There are regular buses from Bath to Peasedown St John.