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Your guide to making the health service work for you
Find out what choice means in the 21st-century NHS and learn how you can take control of your health and treatment.
All about choice
Finding a GP surgery that suits you is vital. Get advice on how to choose the right doctor and make the most of the services they offer.
You have the right to complain if you're not happy with the care you've received. Find out where to start or how to get in touch with an NHS body or independent regulator.
You have the legal right to start your NHS consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral, unless you choose to wait longer or it is clinically appropriate that you wait longer.
Simple tips to help you use the NHS more effectively, from choosing a GP to getting a second opinion to picking the right hospital.
The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as a patient. Find out more including how to make a complaint or what your average waiting time should be.
The Constitution sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve.
Read about the personal choices people have made about lifestyle, healthcare and personal development.
Book your hospital appointment online or by phone, once you have been referred by your GP.
Find out how a personal health budget could help you to get the NHS care that best suits your needs.
The Choice Framework explains when you have a legal right to choice about treatment and care in the NHS. The legal right to choice doesn't apply to all healthcare services, however, where you do not have a legal right to choice you should at least be offered some choices, depending on what’s available locally.
NHS Choices is full of tools and resources to help you make informed decisions about your health.
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