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Welcome to the section of our website for healthcare professionals.
If you are a GP or commissioner, and you cannot find what you need or have comments on how we could improve this section of the site, please email GP Liaison on

Discharge summary queries

Have you ever tried to chase up a discharge summary from us, or received a summary from us for a patient who is not registered to your practice? Have you ever received a discharge summary from UHBristol that is difficult to understand, incomplete or missing vital information? If you experience any of these issues, please email providing  details including the patient's name and NHS number and we shall follow up your query. Alternatively if you need to chase up an urgent summary, please telephone 0117 342  2194. 

Phasing out faxing

UH Bristol has for some time now been looking at ways to improve patient safety, by providing information more quickly and safely, and improve our Information Governance risk. One such project plans to cease faxing of patient sensitive information as part of a phased programme, completing by the end of March 2015. This decision has also been influenced by the NHS England plan to become paperless by 2018.

From 1 September 2014, we are no longer faxing patient letters and discharge summaries. Many of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire practices are able to retrieve documents electronically by logging into our document service, but if practices are not registered to receive documents in this way, post is the default. For urgent documents, the majority of 'out of area' practices will be sent communications by nhsmail to the practice address, with a hard copy also put in the post as back up.  Any practice is welcome to register to use our document service - enquiries should be directed to or see this document for more detail. 

All remaining patient identifiable documents sent by facsimile are currently under review and we shall notify changes once arrangements have been finalised.  It is expected that we shall discuss these at the November/December 2014 Primary Care Communications Workshops - for details of these please contact 

For full details of the proposal and supporting documents please contact

Medicines Formulary

UH Bristol operates a joint medicines formulary with other Trusts and primary care services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Access to the formulary is via

Useful documents

UH Bristol's GP Handbook, containing details of all services, referral information and consultants, can be downloaded as a PDF here. Please email GP Liaison if you would like an A5 hard copy. Updates made to the GP Handbook since it was published are available here.

Referral forms are also available online for radiology, endoscopy and dentistry.