Who Can Make Referrals?
A patient can be referred to a specialist in one of our Outpatient Department clinics by:
- A General Practitioner (GP)
- A Beaumont Hospital Consultant - If the patient is attending a Beaumont Hospital consultant as an outpatient or in-patient, that consultant may refer the patient to another Beaumont Hospital specialist for their opinion.
- An External Consultant - A consultant from another hospital can refer the patient to Beaumont for a second opinion or for a service that the other hospital does not provide.
- The Emergency Department
The Emergency Department may also refer a patient to the Outpatient Department.
Referral Letters should contain the following information:
- Full GP and practice details or External Consultant name and External Agency.
- Complete patient demographic data, including the correct name spelling and date of birth.
- Patient telephone numbers. These are important in instances when we may be able to offer a patient an earlier or cancelled appointment.
- All relevant clinical information.
- Information on any relevant pathology or x-ray tests.
Delivering Referral Letters
- By Post - Address the letter to Secretary to [insert name of Consultant & Speciality], Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, 9.
- By Hand - Deliver the letter to OPD Appointments at the Outpatient Registration Desk.
- By Fax - Address the letter to Secretary to [insert name of Consultant & Speciality]. The Clinic Search feature has a list of secretary phone and fax numbers.
All referral letters upon receipt are prioritised by the Consultant or Senior Registrar as to whether the patient is seen as an "urgent," "soon," or "routine" appointment.
If a GP/External Consultant wishes to contact a Consultant regarding an urgent referral, the Consultant’s secretary should be contacted in the first instance. The Find a Doctor lists secretary phone numbers.