How do I refer patients for treatment?


Private patients (self-pay and those with Private Medical Insurance)

Our friendly and experienced Private Patient team can help you with any referral queries you may have. They can be contacted via:


Benenden Health members

  • A GP referral letter, including an indication of the NHS wait times, is required for all Members wishing to access services and treatment using their Benenden Health membership. A separate NHS referral is not required.
  • Referrals for ophthalmic services require a GP referral letter plus an Optician's report.
  • Benenden Health does not have a email account but their servers are secure and encrypted.  If your CCG and Practice protocol allows it, you can email your referral letter to  If not, the Member will be responsible for getting the referral letter to Member Services.
  • They must also speak to Member Services on 0800 414 8100 as soon as possible after their GP appointment to obtain authorisation of any services they wish to access via their membership.


NHS patients

  • Please use your local NHS referral arrangements. 

I have a question about referring my patients

What services are currently available?

All outpatient clinics are open and a range of surgical procedures are taking place.

My patient has had either one or both stages of the COVID-19 vaccine. Do they still need a COVID-19 test before having treatment at Benenden Hospital?

Yes. Treatment will go ahead subject to a negative COVID-19 test.  They will also be required to follow Government guidelines when at the hospital and self-isolate after having the COVID-19 test.  More information for your patients can be found here

What are the COVID-19 guidelines for my patient when attending their appointment?

My patient has private medical insurance – do they need authorisation?

Yes – they’ll need to get an authorisation code from their insurance provider. They can be booked in without it but must have the code at the time of their first appointment.

Does my patient have to be a Benenden Health member to have treatment at Benenden Hospital?

No – we’re open to everyone.

Who should my patient speak to if they wish to access treatment at Benenden Hospital?

Self-Pay/PMI patients – Our Private Patient team on 01580 363158

Benenden Health Members - Member Services on 0800 414 8100

Is there a minimum age for patients at Benenden Hospital?

We don’t offer treatment (including diagnostic imaging) to anyone under the age of 18. Benenden Health members will be advised by Member Services on local hospitals offering paediatric services.

I want to refer a Benenden Health member for treatment – do I need to create a separate NHS pathway too?

No – however your referral letter should include an indication of the NHS wait times.

How do I refer Benenden Health members for diagnostic imaging?

After the member has contacted Member Services, they’ll be sent the appropriate imaging referral form which they should pass to you for completion. Member Services will not accept any other form.

What happens if my patient’s treatment isn’t covered by their Benenden Health membership?

They may be able to have the treatment at Benenden Hospital as a private patient.  Benenden Health members benefit from discounts on our self-pay prices – details are available from our Private Patient team on 01580 363158.

Why should I refer my patients to Benenden Hospital?

To our patients and us, we’re exactly what a hospital should be: innovative and modern, clean and caring - and staffed by the best people in their fields.

Fast access to diagnosis and a wide range of treatments

Our minimally invasive diagnostics and treatments can help your patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

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Ultra-modern hospital facilities

Rebuilt in 2017, we have a 0% MRSA record and have been rated Outstanding by the CQC.

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A centre of excellence staffed by experts in their field

Our specialist Consultants and compassionate teams will make you feel welcome.

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Set in the stunning Kent countryside, with plenty of free parking and just seven miles from Headcorn train station.

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