If your doctor decides to refer you to a hospital for an outpatient appointment, in most cases you can choose to go anywhere in England and can expect to be treated within 18 weeks of the referral.
You can also choose a specific consultant if appropriate, and may be referred to a private provider of health services outside the NHS at no cost to yourself.
However most people decide to have treatment as close to home as possible.
These are the other providers of NHS Care within North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent:
University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) NHS Trust
Each year UHNS cares for over 600,000 people who come to the hospital for emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care.
UHNS completed the move to a new £370 million pound hospital in 2012.
UHNS provides general hospital services. It also provides specialist services like heart surgery, brain surgery, cancer services, as well as specialist care for children. It is also the major centre for treating trauma and emergency patients.
Maternity services are recognised as among the best nationally.
It is also a centre for teaching and training doctors, nurses, midwives and physiotherapists in partnership with Keele University and Staffordshire University. UHNS Website
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Combined Healthcare provides adult and older people’s mental health services.
It also provides dementia, children and adolescent mental health and learning disability services, along with adult mental health social work services.
The trust has a number of sites, including Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001. The wards at Harplands provide in-patient facilities for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill patients and those diagnosed with dementia.
Community teams help people to live in their own homes or supported accommodation.
Specialist mental health services include drug and alcohol services, parent and baby services and the Criminal Justice Mental Health Team.
The trust also provides child and adolescent mental health services and learning disability services in both hospital and community settings.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
The partnership trust is dedicated to help people live as independently as possible. It provides healthcare support to people in their own homes and in the wider community.
The trust delivers a variety of services including district nurses, occupational therapists, dental services, school nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and sexual health services.
Staff work in a variety of places including the community hospital at Bradwell. They also work in nursing homes and visit patients in their own homes.
Stoke on Trent CCG
Stoke-on-Trent CCG enjoys a close relationship with North Staffordshire CCG. North Staffordshire CCG represents people in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands – the rural areas that border the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
We co-operate and share resources whenever it is practical and beneficial. This can range from holding joint events to joint-commissioning of equipment and medicines management.
The NHS Choices website can help you make a decision about where you receive treatment and show you all the hospitals available.
You can also use the Choose and Book service to help you decide where and when you would like to be seen.