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Seeing another GP

FDP pen and stethoscopeYour GP is referring you to a GP colleague, to help you with a particular health issue. You may wonder why this is happening.

Some GPs have particular knowledge and experience in special health procedures, such as removing skin lesions, or particular conditions, such as severe acne or some women's health conditions. Often that expertise isn't offered within the public hospital system.

Your GP is referring you to one of these GPs so you can benefit from their expertise. The alternative might be for you to pay for an appointment with a private specialist.

Seeing another GP for a special health procedure

Some GPs have particular knowledge of and experience in certain health procedures. These include:

What will the GP treat me for?

The new GP will only see you for the issue your GP has referred you for. For most issues, they will see you just once. After they have treated you, this GP will update your health record, outlining any tests you have had. This means your usual GP can continue treating you.

Will I have to pay?

You will have to pay your usual consultation fee for the consultation. It may be subsidised or you may have to pay a full charge. Ask your GP what you will have to pay.

What happens after I've seen the other GP?

If you need follow-up (such as wound dressing) your usual GP will do this. Your usual GP will also let you know the results of any tests.

Seeing another GP about a particular condition

GP consultationWhat will the GP treat me for?

Your GP may refer you to another GP who has expert knowledge about a particular condition, such as acne, or some women's health conditions. You may visit this GP several times, but only for the specific condition your doctor has referred you.

Will I have to pay?

You will have to pay your usual consultation fee. Your first appointment may be longer than usual, so may cost more.

What happens after I've seen the other GP?

After they have treated you and you need no further consultations, this GP will update your health record, outlining any tests you have had and any medications they have prescribed. This means your own GP can continue to treat you.

If you need another specialist appointment, or further treatment, your own GP will arrange this.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed December 2015.

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