The government is committed to giving you greater choice over how you receive your NHS health care. A new NHS guide sets out some of the options available to you. It explains:
• when you have choices about your health care
• where to get more information to help you choose
• how to complain if you are not offered a choice.
In some situations you have legal rights to choice: in other circumstances you do not have a legal right, but you should be offered choices about your care, depending on what is available locally.
To find out what the options are, follow the links:
• My NHS care: what choices are available to me?
• Choosing your GP and GP practice
• Choosing where to go for your first appointment as an outpatient
• Asking to change hospital if you have to wait longer than the maximum waiting time
• Choosing who carries out a specialist test
• Choosing maternity services
• Choosing services provided in the community
• Choosing to have a personal health budget