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Referring patients for homeopathy
Homeopathy and the NHS
Homeopathy has always been available on the NHS. The General Practitioners' Committee of the BMA issued the following guidance to GPs in 1999:
'GPs are obliged under their terms of service to refer patients for services available under the NHS... Referral to NHS doctors at one of the five homeopathic hospitals or NHS homeopathic clinics, in cases where GPs think such treatment is appropriate, will be part of the terms of service.'
How to refer patients
The four NHS homeopathic hospitals are located in Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and London. These services sit within NHS trusts and, in most cases, GPs are able to refer directly to the homeopathic hospital. There are also a number of NHS homeopathic clinics which take referrals from GPs and consultants in their immediate area, as well as homeopathically qualified doctors who take NHS referrals. See below for contact details.
A small number of primary care trusts/local health boards restrict funding for homeopathic treatment. In these cases, the PCT/LHB must ensure that the referral request is considered on its individual merits and that there is appropriate clinical input to this assessment.
NHS homeopathic hospitals
Bristol Homeopathic Hospital
Cotham Hill, Cotham, Bristol BS6 6UJ
0117 973 1231
Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital
1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XQ
0141 211 1600
Liverpool Department of Homeopathic Medicine
The Old Swan Health Centre
Crystal Close, Off St Oswald's Street
Old Swan, Liverpool L13 2GA
0151 285 3707
Royal London Homeopathic Hospital
60 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HR
020 7391 8891
Some of the homeopathic hospitals also run satellite clinics in nearby health centres.
Other NHS clinics (serving immediate area only):
Ayrshire and Arran
Dumfries and Galloway
0131 561 5513
Individual doctors taking referrals
You can search for a homeopathic doctor taking referrals on the British Homeopathic Association's website. Doctors with a letter 'R' take NHS referrals.