A significant milestone for the Choose and Book service, it has now been used to refer over five million patients into specialist care.
All NHS hospitals now use Choose and Book alongside 88% of all GP practices in England, who send about 15,070 referrals through the service every day.
Some 45% of the total NHS referral activity from GP services to specialist care is carried out using Choose and Book.
The Connecting for Health (CfH) team say these numbers will continue to grow over the coming months as Choose and Book increasingly becomes the system of choice for NHS referral.
Sarah Payne, a patient from London, says she feels her treatment has benefited from Choose and Book, adding, “What I like about Choose and Book is that it is so effortless and quick.
“It allows me to fit appointments in around my life, without taking unnecessary time off work and enables me to be seen as quickly as possible.”