Hospital treatment is free if you are ordinarily resident in the UK.
The following services and treatments are free to all in NHS hospitals:
- Accident and emergency services
- Family planning services
- Treatment for most infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Treatment required for a physical or mental condition caused by torture, female genital mutilation, domestic violence or sexual violence
United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has three main hospitals:
- Lincoln County
- Boston Pilgrim
- Grantham & District
The trust provides a wide range of healthcare services to meet the needs of patients, delivered by highly trained staff and volunteers.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services
Lincolnshire Community Health Services provides a broad range of health services in the community, including four community hospitals:
- County Hospital, Louth
- John Coupland in Gainsborough
- Skegness Hospital
- Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding
They also provide community nursing and specialist nursing, services for children and families, sexual health services and therapies, some GP practices, walk in centres and out of hours services.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, dementia and substance misuse services to Lincolnshire’s adults, as well as specialist services for people who live in other areas of the East Midlands. The trust’s website provides information about the range of different services available and how to get involved.
Choosing a hospital or consultant
If you are referred for your first outpatient appointment then, in most cases, you have the right to choose which hospital in England to go to. This will include many private and NHS hospitals that provide services to the NHS.
You are also able to choose which consultant-led team will be in charge of your treatment, as long as that team provides the treatment you require.
Therefore, if you wish to be treated by a particular consultant for a procedure, you can choose to have your first outpatient appointment at the hospital where the consultant works and to be treated by that consultant's team. But this doesn't necessarily mean you will be seen by the consultant themselves.
This choice is a legal right, if you are not offered a choice at the point of referral, ask your doctor why and say that you wish to go through your options. If you are still not offered, or refused, a choice, contact your local CCG.
Note: if a GP wants to refer you for a service or treatment that they think is best for you but is not routinely offered by the NHS, then the process is different. The GP will have to submit an Individual Funding Request (IFR) to your CCG and provide details of where they want you to go. CCGs will publish information about individual funding requests on their website. You can find out who your local CCG is.
You do not have a legal right to choice if:
- you need urgent or emergency treatment
- you are serving in the armed forces
- you are accessing maternity services
- you are detained under the Mental Health Act
- you are detained in or on temporary release from prison, in court, an immigration removal centre or a secure children's home
- you are referred to high-security psychiatric services, or drug and alcohol misuse services provided by local authorities
Visit GOV.UK to read more about your legal rights to choice in the NHS.
Once you have decided on a hospital, you can book your first outpatient appointment through the NHS e-Referral Service.