If your GP decides that you need to see a specialist in a hospital for further advice you can choose where and when you would like to go for most conditions. This doesn't apply to suspected cancer referrals and mental health services.
Currently, within mental health services, your choice is restricted to the professional who will be in charge of your treatment.
When you have needed to go to hospital for treatment in the past your doctor will have automatically referred you to your nearest hospital. Now you have the power to choose where you want to go. Your GP will explain which hospitals or health centres provide the care you need and you can then make your choice using an electronic system called 'Choose and Book'. More information on Choose and Book is available here.
People living in the Rochdale borough will most commonly choose to go to either Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General Hospital, Oldham Royal Hospital or North Manchester General Hospital. All of these hospitals are managed by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. For more information about any of these hospitals, visit the The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust website.
To find out the range of hospital services that are provided at Rochdale Infirmary, click here.
However, there are many more hospitals to choose from, including some independant sector hospitals.
The Urgent Care Centre
Please note that there is no longer an A&E department at Rochdale Infirmary, but there is an Urgent Care Centre. You can get more information about the Urgent Care Centre here.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
If you require further information or advice about any local health services, our PALS team offer a confidential freephone service.