Referrals (advice and refer, formerly advice and guidance)

GPs wishing to refer a patient into some Barts Health services will need to do this through a process known as 'advice and referral' (A&R) using the advice and guidance (A&G) pathway on eRS.

Whilst nationally this service is still known as A&G, we refer to A&R to aid clarity in its purpose.

Any other referral pathways for these select services, such as DBS or RAS, are closed resulting in just one referral process. The change is being trialled across a number of specialties.

eRS advice and referral service

Advice and referral (A&R) is for GPs and other referrers only. Please refer to the GP handbook for guidance on how to make an A&R request and for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Patients should use the contact details in their hospital appointment letter or information leaflet, or call the Trust switchboard.

The following services have switched to using only A&R:

  • Gastroenterology (The Royal London Hospital)
  • Rheumatology (Mile End, The Royal London, Newham and Whipps Cross hospitals)
  • Infectious diseases (all Trust sites)
  • Endocrine (Newham, St Bartholomew's and Whipps Cross hospitals)
  • General paediatrics (Newham, The Royal London and Whipps Cross hospitals)
  • Cardio risk and lipids (all Trust sites)
  • Complex blood pressure and autonomic cardiovascular disorders (all Trust sites)
  • Paediatric trauma and orthopaedics
  • Cardiac surgery (all Trust sites)
  • Thoracic surgery (all Trust sites)
  • Plastics (all Trust sites)
  • Elderly care (The Royal London, Newham and Whipps Cross Hospitals)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Memory (Newham)

GPs using A&R must select ‘advice’ on eRS. Before submitting the request, please give permission to the provider to allow for the request to be converted into a referral. Click ‘yes’ when prompted to do this.

The following services, separated by site, can all be accessed via eRS using advice and guidance (A&G), the directly bookable service (DBS) or the referral assessment services (RAS).

If the service you require is not listed above please contact them directly via the hospital switchboard.

Clinical consortia are being establish for each speciality to evaluate the effectiveness of A&R. If you would like to take part, please contact Melanie Dalby.

Newham Hospital

  • Cardiology  
  • Diabetic medicine
  • General medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • GI and liver (medicine and surgery)
  • Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Surgery - breast
  • Surgery - not otherwise specified
  • Urology

St Bartholomew’s Hospital  

  • Cardiology
  • Diabetic medicine 
  • Gynaecology 
  • Haematology  
  • Pain management 
  • Respiratory medicine 
  • Surgery - vascular 

The Royal London and Mile End hospitals  

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology  
  • Diabetic medicine
  • Ear, nose and throat 
  • Geriatric medicine  
  • GI and liver (medicine and surgery)  
  • Gynaecology  
  • Haematology  
  • Immunology  
  • Neurology  
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery 
  • Orthopaedics  
  • Respiratory medicine  
  • Surgery - not otherwise specified
  • Surgery - plastic  
  • Surgery - vascular  
  • Urology

Whipps Cross Hospital

  • Cardiology  
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetic medicine  
  • Ear, nose and throat  
  • GI and liver (medicine and surgery)
  • Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Nephrology  
  • Neurology 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Orthopaedics  
  • Pain management  
  • Respiratory medicine  
  • Sleep medicine
  • Surgery - vascular  
  • Urology

Conacting services not on eRS

Alternative contact details for services not using advice and refer are listed below. The details below should only be used for non-urgent queries where services are not using eRS. If the service you require is not listed above please contact the department directly via the switchboard.

Services not on eRS advice and guidance

Specialty

Contact

Breast surgery

A&R provided by Newham Hospital (NH) for urgent cases only. Email advice provided by St Bartholomew's Hospital (SBH)

Chronic Kidney Disease

For urgent clinical questions, call the service on 02035945751, Monady-Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
   

Geriatric

Hotline at Whipps Cross Hospital (WXH) available 9am-5pm: 02085356644

HIV

Email the service

Imaging Email the service
Maternity at Whipps Cross Hospital

 

Email the service

Musculoskeletal services

Email the service

Nephrology

Advice available via virtual CKD services, accessed through GP clinical systems

Neurosurgery

Please use 'Refer a Patient' to seek advice

Paediatric rheumatology

Please direct A&R requests to the paediatric general service

Paediatric respiratory

 Please direct A&R requests to the paediatric general service

Sexual health

Email the service. Urgent sexual health including emergency contraception and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis can book a telephone appointment via All East.

Urgent advice

 The numbers below are direct contact numbers for specific services or appointment booking lines.

If the service you need is not detailed below or you are unable to get through, please contact the hospital’s switchboard.

Newham Hospital

  • Acute medicine (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Neurology, Care of the Elderly, Memory, Tia /Stroke): 0207 363 9012

  • Endoscopy: 0207 363 8042

  • Gynaecology: 02073639015, emergency gynaecology unit: 02073638691

  • Haematology - anticoagulation: 02073638730, general haematology 02073639413, haemoglobinopathy (Sickle cell and thalassaemia): 020 35941877 

  • Maternity: 0207 3639302/8011

  • Oncology: 07930220095

  • Paediatric (children’s services): 02073639019

  • Specialist Medicine (endocrinology, diabetes, infectious disease, respiratory medicine, nephrology, infectious disease): 0207 3639013

  • Surgery (general surgery, colorectal, breast, sascular, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, paediatric ophthalmology, urology): 02073639021

  • Trauma and orthopaedics (and podiatry): 0207 3639022  

Royal London Hospital and Mile End hospitals  

  • Acute medicine: 020 3594 5642

  • Clinical immunology: 0207 377 7039  

  • CWHS: 0207 377 7307 (for women going through EMA use 07720 948394)

  • Endoscopy: 020 3594 5743  

  • Emergency gynaecology unit: 020 3594 1579 (8am-6pm, Monday to Friday, 8.30am-1.30pm on Saturdays. Call ward 8B outside of these hours)

  • General Surgery: 020 3594 5690/1

  • Geriatrics: 020 7377 7000 (extension 45799 via switchboard)

  • Gynaecology: 020 3594 5719

  • Gastro, IBS helpline: 0203 5943700, general enquiries: 020 3594 3400

  • Haematology - Haemophilia: 020 35941769, Haemoglobinopathy (Sickle cell and thalassaemia): 020 35941877, Anticoagulation: 020 35941885, Haematology Day Unit: 020 35941858

  • Hepatology - medical issues: 0207 377 7090, clinical nurse specialist: 0207 377 7088 between 9am-5pm)

  • HIV: 020 7377 7039  

  • Neurology (on-call): 0203 594 5652

  • Neurosurgery (on-call): 0203 594 5649  

  • Obstetric (on-call): 0203 594 5635

  • Oncology: 07715050735

  • Rheumatology: 0208 223 8859 (7.30am-4.30 pm)

  • Sexual health: 0207  377 7307

  • TIA/Stroke (on-call): 0203 594 5651/0203 594 5672  

St Bartholomew’s Hospital  

  • Cardiology - Arrhythmia: 0203 765 8646, General Cardiology: 0203 765 8715, Grown up congenital heart disease: 0203 765 8765, inherited cardiovascular disease: 0203 765 8611

  • Diabetes: 020 3594 6058

  • Fertility: 020 346 56093 / 55098

  • Oncology  -  07940499062

  • All other services: 0203 765 8000  

Whipps Cross Hospital  

  • Appointment call centre (for all queries unless outlined below): 0208 535 6768

  • Breast clinic services: 020 8535 6933

  • General  Surgery: 020 8539 5522, bleep number 2900

  • Gynaecology - emergency gynaecology unit: 0208 535 6499, gynaecology SpR: 020 8539 5522, bleep number 2203, obstetric SHO: 020 8539 5522, bleep number 2429, obstetric SPR: 020 8539 5522, bleep number 2430, gynaecology secretaries: 020 8539 5522, extensions  5181 and 6591.  

  • Haematology - anticoagulation: 020 8535 6815, general haematology: 0208 535 6687, haemoglobinopathy (sickle cell and thalassaemia): 020 35941877  

  • Maternity: 020 8535 6861

  • Pain: 020 8539 5522, extension 5360

  • Paediatric Services: 020 8539 5522, bleep number   2137

  • Oncology: 07703469211

  • Ophthalmology: 020 8539 5522, extension 6888

  • Urology: 020 8539 5522, bleep number 2500 

Exceptions

Referrals 

Please use the NHS e-Referral Service (eRS) for all GP referrals into Barts Health, including urgent two week waits.

Information and links to referral forms can be found on the dedicated webpage.

Written and exception referrals 

Some specialist or urgent services may be exempt from Paper Switch Off. Please check our website page on a regular basis for details. 

Urgent cancer referrals 

All cancer two week wait services are available on eRS and must be sent this way.

Urgent care centres, out-of-hours primary care providers, hospital clinicians, dentists and optometrists are advised to use the MS Word version of the Pan-London Suspected Cancer Referral Forms to refer patients with a suspected cancer.  When referring a patient, a copy should also be sent to the patient’s GP.  

Dental referrals 

To help dentists refer to our services, we have set out  careful guidelines and special referral forms which must be read carefully and used appropriately.