Refer a patient

GP referral via e-RS

As part of the new NHS standard contract, we only accept referrals from GPs to consultant-led clinics through the e-RS.  Faxed or paper referrals will be rejected and will not be posted.

Find out more about the returns process (PDF, 462KB)

For rejected referrals, the GP will be informed within two days that their referral has been rejected.  It will then be the responsibility of the referring GP to resubmit the referral using e-RS.

NHS e-Referral service

If you wish to refer a patient, you can do it using the NHS e-Referral service (e-RS).

You can view available appointment slots and book the appointment before your patient leaves the surgery. If there are no clinic slots are available via e-RS, you can still refer your patient to us by selecting the ‘defer to provider’ option on e-RS.

If the patient wants to arrange the appointment outside of the surgery, please make sure you give them their booking reference number and e-RS password.         

If you can’t find a service on e-RS, you can search for the condition or review the general service and the sub-specialty. 

As a specialist provider, some of our services are not offered by direct booking. These services can be accessed by emailing the referral to:

The e-RS is available for the following clinics:
  • Adult cardiology arrhythmia
  • Adult general respiratory
  • Adult respiratory – sleep apnoea service
  • Coronary risk factors clinic
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia genetic screening service
  • General cardiology (adult)
  • Heart failure clinic
  • Occupational and environmental respiratory disease
  • Rapid access AF clinic
  • Rapid access sleep apnoea service – for vocational drivers. 
 
  • Adult allergy clinic
  • Adult food allergy clinic
  • Adult general cardiology clinic
  • Adult general respiratory medicine clinic
  • Adult heart failure clinic
  • Allergy clinic (adult)
  • Atrial fibrillation rapid access evening clinic
  • COPD clinic
  • Hypertension
  • Military cardiology
  • Occupational and environmental respiratory disease
  • Paediatric allergy clinic
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Paediatric respiratory medicine
  • Sleep disorders, sleep apnoea and CPAP clinic. 

Patient transport

Please remember it is the GP's responsibility to assess the clinical need for any initial patient transport and for the provision of that first visit.

Consultant to consultant referral

Consultant to consultant referrals to our service can be sent via an NHS.net email address to one of these email addresses:

The advantage of emailing a referral letter (with any diagnostic information) is that it will be received directly at a central point (Access Office), will be registered promptly and submitted for clinical review and appointed sooner. 

In the event of system failures, we may accept a faxed new patient referral using the fax numbers below:

  • Royal Brompton Hospital: 020 7351 8028
  • Harefield Hospital: 01895 828 695

Please note that these options are only for outpatient clinics held at either Royal Brompton or Harefield Hospital. Referrals for all other services must be submitted in the normal way.

Tertiary referral form

As a tertiary centre, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is reliant on referring providers to forward 18-week data, particularly with regards to clock start.

The Department of Health has devised an inter-provider transfer administrative minimum dataset (IPTAMDS) by which referring providers can transmit 18-week information.

We ask that all tertiary referrals made to this Trust are accompanied by an IPTAMDS form. Please complete this form and send it to the Trust with the usual standard letter. IPTAMDS data can be emailed to the following secure email address - rbh-tr.interprovider@nhs.net

If you are unsure who to direct the referral to, please go to our consultants pages.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust will ensure that for all patients transferred out to another provider an IPTAMDS form is supplied to the recipient trust. 

Referrals to the inherited cardiovascular conditions service

Referrals to the Inherited Cardiac Conditions clinic (ICC) at Harefield should be made via e-RS in the normal way.

For referrals to Royal Brompton and if you have any queries or to request advice, find out more about making a referral to the ICC

Nuclear medicine referrals