Referrals and contacts

Please note: we only accept referrals from medical professionals. If you are a member of the public and would like to be referred to us please make a request via your GP or consultant. For mental health referrals, it is possible for individuals to self-refer to the Forward Thinking Birmingham mental health service. This service is for 0-25-year-olds who are registered with a Birmingham GP.

Referrals from GPs (secondary level referrals)

Choose and Book: To make a referral to Birmingham Children's Hospital GPs can use the national electronic referral service, Choose and Book, which gives patients a choice of place, date and time for their first outpatient appointment in a hospital or clinic.

Download Choose and Book guidelines

Make a referral using Choose and Book

Advice and Guidance: GPs can also request a clinical opinion using the Choose & Book Advice & Guidance portal. This has the great advantage that the patient does not need to travel to hospital. Clinical photographs can easily be uploaded and attached to the referral. Currently, the Consultants in Paediatric Dermatology and General Paediatrics offer this service, with a rapid response. Information about the Choose and Book Advice & Guidance service is available here http://www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/staff/communications/fact/adviceandguidance.pdf  

We also have our own assessment tools and guidelines which you can follow for the most common referral pathways.

Referral by letter: We also accept GP referrals via traditional referral letters to the relevant department.

Our departments


Referrals from other hospitals (tertiary level referrals)

Referral by letter: Consultant referrals currently have to be made via the traditional referral letter to the relevant department. Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-provider minimum data set form.

Future NHS plans include an e-referral route similar to choose and book for any professional-to-professional referral, see http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/ers

Telemedicine: Many of our consultants are world renowned authorities in their speciality and will offer telephone or email advice to fellow professionals in the UK and overseas. Please contact the relevant department for more information.


Private patients

Non-NHS patients can be seen as outpatients, or admitted to hospital, if they are covered by health insurance, government/agency sponsoring or self-funding. A referral letter from a consultant is required. For contact information see Private Patients.

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