Referral to specialist
Do you want a referral to a specialist? Before visiting a specialist you need to see a GP in the Netherlands. When your GP decides that further treatment or a second opinion is needed you will be forwarded to a specialist.
Referral to a specialist – making an appointment
Your GP will first issue a referral for seeing the medical specilist that is best suited for your complaints. You will be given a phone number and have to contact the hospital yourself to make an appointment. Depending on the type of treatment that is needed, you can see the specialist on the same day or an appointment will be scheduled. When your condition is urgent, the appointment will be scheduled within a few days or weeks. If not, it could be scheduled for a few months later.
Although your GP will inform the specialist about your condition or complaints, the specialist might not know about your entire medical history. When you think there is information your specialist should know about, it’s wise to prepare your visit. Have your medical records in order before visiting the specialist.
First time visiting the hosptial
If you have never been to a specialist in the Netherlands, there are some things you should know. Always register at the front-desk when visiting a hospital for the first time. Your picture will be taken and you will receive a hospital card (which is called ‘ponsplaatje’). Bring this card every time you visit the hospital. After that you will be referred to a certain depertment of the hospital. At the department you will have to stay seated in the waiting room until your specialist or an assistant will call you in.
Referral to a specialist?
Do you want to see a specialist? Please, contact one of our GPs first. The GP will review your complaint and can refer you to a specialist. For a consultation, please contact us on 010 – 200 49 00 on weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.