NHS patients

Patients in England can choose where to have their medical treatment with NHS Patient Choice.

Prompt, high-quality treatment is important to every patient. If you’re an NHS patient, you can choose to receive your medical treatment at one of Spire hospitals or clinics by using the NHS e-Referral Service.

Most people in England can choose where to go for medical treatment, including having NHS treatment in a private hospital. If your GP recommends referring you to a specialist, you have a legal right to choose where you would like to be seen.

NHS Patient Choice

  • You have the right to choose which hospital you go to when you're referred by a GP. This can include private hospitals, like Spire Healthcare
  • You could be seen sooner and not travel as far for treatment
  • You'll be able to choose where you'd like to be seen during your GP appointment

NHS Patient Choice

  • You have the right to choose which hospital you go to when you're referred by a GP. This can include private hospitals, like Spire Healthcare
  • You could be seen sooner and not travel as far for treatment
  • You'll be able to choose where you'd like to be seen during your GP appointment

Why choose Spire Healthcare for your NHS treatment?

  • Spire Healthcare is a leading independent healthcare group in the United Kingdom
  • Our network of 39 hospitals and 33 clinics, medical centres and consulting rooms offer diagnostic tests, outpatient, inpatient and day case treatment across a range of specialties including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology and general surgery
  • 98% of our hospitals are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by CQC, or its equivalent in Scotland and Wales
  • Patient safety is at the heart of what we do and you can read more about our quality of care and services in our NHS Quality Account
  • The NHS covers all the costs of your treatment with us. You only pay for extra personal items, such as phone calls or newspapers, just as you would in an NHS hospital

Spire Healthcare hospitals and clinics providing NHS treatment

How to book

NHS e-Referral allows you to choose and book your first outpatient appointment at hospitals and clinics across England. To book an appointment, your referrer will provide a:

  • booking reference number
  • password or access code

You can book through the NHS website or the NHS App. Using the app allows you to view, change or cancel your first outpatient appointment.

If you have difficulty booking your appointment online, contact your GP surgery or the relevant Spire hospital for assistance.

We’re proud to work with the NHS and we’ve treated over 500,000 NHS patients since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic (as at 31/12/2022).

We’re proud to work with the NHS and we’ve treated over 500,000 NHS patients since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic (as at 31/12/2022).

Information for NHS healthcare commissioners

Quality account

Spire NHS Services Quality Account 2022-23

Mixed sex accommodation

Every Spire hospital complies with NHS regulations regarding the elimination of mixed sex accommodation for patients.

NHS licences

As an independent provider delivering healthcare services for the NHS we hold a NHS provider licence. The licence sets out conditions that healthcare providers must meet to help ensure that the health sector works for the benefit of patients.

Spire Healthcare Limited NHS provider licence

Current Licensee G6 confirmation

Spire Healthcare Limited Licensee Condition G6 confirmation 2019

Workforce reports

Spire Healthcare Workforce Race Equality Action Plan 2023

Spire Healthcare Workforce Race Equality (WRES) Report 2023

Spire NHS Carbon Reduction Plan Report 2024

Armed Forces Covenant pledge

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

Spire Healthcare Limited Armed Forces Covenant August 2019