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 Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust
Each year UHNM cares for over 600,000 people who come to the hospital for emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care.
UHNM completed the move to a new £370 million pound hospital in 2012.
UHNM 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. UHNM 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.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 June 2018 following a merger between South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides physical and mental health, learning disability and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire. We provide a vast range of community services for adults and children and specialised services such as rheumatology and rehabilitation, which are delivered in venues ranging from health centres, GP practices, community hospitals and people's own homes.
The Trust also provides services on a wider regional or national basis including perinatal, eating disorder and forensic services. We deliver out of area sexual health services and our Inclusions service offers psychological and drug and alcohol services, in the community and in prisons, and has contracts across the country. We also provide genitourinary medicine services.
Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs
Stoke-on-Trent CCG and North Staffordshire CCG enjoy a close relationship. North Staffordshire CCG represents people in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Staffordshire Moorlands, and the boundaries of North Staffordshire border the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke-on-Trent CCG represents people in 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.
VAST is a charity providing services and support to Voluntary and Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Our key aim is to develop, advance and promote the professional development of Staffordshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector.