Hand and Wrist Self-Referral
As you are probably aware, this is a challenging time for the NHS due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our clinical staff have been redeployed to support the inpatient hospital wards and as a result of this we will now be running a reduced service in line with national guidance. We cannot tell how long this will be for.
You can still complete a self-referral. These will be looked at by our clinicians and please be assured you will be contacted if we need to ask you any questions or your condition is considered clinically urgent.
What Happens Next
Unfortunately, there will be longer waits for first appointments. Face to Face appointments will only happen where there is a clear clinical need. This is to reduce the infection risk for both our patients and staff.
Please visit our website for more information: https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/covid-19-faqs/
Regardless of your recent travel history if you have recently developed a cough or fever please do not attend your appointment. You can familiarise yourself with the symptoms and risk factors for Coronavirus on the NHS website and on the Government’s information page for Coronavirus. If you are concerned contact NHS 111 who will advise you what to do next.
At present this service is only available for patients with a wrist or hand condition. If your problem is not related to these areas, please make an appointment to see your GP.
Do not continue with this form but make an appointment to discuss this referral with your GP if you:
If you are Under 17 please do not continue with this form but make an appointment to see your GP.
- Have symptoms which include pins and needles or numbness affecting both hands
- Have significant swelling and/or bruising associated with a recent fall
- Have noticed any new lumps or bumps associated with your hand or wrist
- Have history of cancer within the last 5 years
- Any unexplained weight loss
- Are feeling generally unwell/fever
- Have recently become unsteady on your feet
Your NHS Number
Before you start, please ensure that you have your NHS Number at hand. Please note that we will not be able to process your referral without it.
You can use this online service to find your NHS Number: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/
Alternatively, you should be able to find your NHS Number on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, test results, and hospital referral or appointment letters. Each NHS Number is made up of 10 digits shown in a 3-3-4 format (e.g. 000-000-0000). If you cannot find your NHS Number at home, you can ask your GP practice to help you. They should be able to provide the number for you as long as you are registered with them.
For more information on how to find your NHS Number please click here