|ODS Default Codes:||A9999998 - Ministry of Defence Doctor|
|C9999998 - CONSULTANT GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER not known|
|CD999998 - Dental CONSULTANT: GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL REFERENCE NUMBER / GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION NUMBER not known|
|D9999998 - Dentist, Dental Practice Board (DPB) number not known|
|R9999981 - Referrer other than GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONER or CONSULTANT|
|X9999998 - Not applicable, e.g. PATIENT has self-presented or not known|
This requires the code of the PERSON making the referral. This will normally be a CARE PROFESSIONAL - a GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER or a CONSULTANT.
The intention is for this item to reflect the actual (true) referrer. For example, following a GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER referral, a CONSULTANT may subsequently refer the PATIENT to another CONSULTANT within the Hospital Provider Spell. The code of the CONSULTANT making the referral and the CONSULTANTS ORGANISATION should be recorded in the Commissioning Data Set (CDS) rather than the code of the GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER referrer. This also applies where a CONSULTANT refers an NHS PATIENT to another doctor for NHS-commissioned treatment at another NHS Trust, a non-NHS provider, or an overseas provider. Where the CONSULTANT CODE is not known, the Organisation Data Service Default Code C9999998 should be used.
In all other cases, the code of the referring GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER should be recorded, if applicable. When a locum refers, use the GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER PPD CODE of the GENERAL PRACTITIONER for whom the locum is acting.
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