It is recognised that a great deal of care can be managed outside the hospital setting and there are an increasing number of services which are provided to patients within community settings. These are often more accessible to patients and in some cases avoid patients making unnecessary or inappropriate visits to a hospital outpatient clinic. Clinical assessment ensures that, if appropriate, you are offered a community based service for your treatment and means that consultants at the hospital can spend more time seeing patients who cannot be treated by any other clinician.
These services include:
Where a community service is in place you may not have choice until it’s decided your care needs to take place in secondary care.