Rivermead Gate Medical Centre

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Referrals – alternative choice initiative

As reported in national news this week, patients who have been waiting over 40 weeks for treatment and do not have an appointment date within the next 8 weeks, could be eligible to request to move to a different hospital to be treated sooner.

This national alternative choice initiative is also known as the Patient Initiated Digital Mutual Aid System (PIDMAS) that went live on Tuesday 31st October 2023.

For mid and south Essex around 10,400 patients will be contacted by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) to ask if they would like to consider moving hospital to receive earlier treatment.

Further information about referrals can be found on our website.