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Respiratory medicine referrals


Coronavirus: respiratory medicine update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before making any referrals.

Referral contacts

  • Chest department 
    1st floor, Lambeth Wing
    St Thomas' Hospital
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7EH

Who can refer

All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral service (formerly Choose and Book). Referrals sent by email or by post from GPs will not be processed.

We welcome referrals from primary care and other hospitals.

Our service offers outpatient clinics for both general and specialist treatment at both hospitals for all chest and respiratory disorders, with the exception of cystic fibrosis. Our service also includes the sleep disorders centre.

Our range of diagnostic services include:

    • fibreoptic bronchoscopy
    • endoscopic bronchial ultrasound (tertiary)
    • diagnostic pleural ultrasound
    • image guided pleural procedures
    • thoracoscopy
    • pulmonary function testing
    • full cardiopulmonary exercise testing
    • TB testing
    • contact tracing

How to refer

  • Routine referrals

    Referrals for suspected TB can be made directly via the NHS e-referral system (formerly Choose and Book) or by email using the address below. Please refer contact tracing to the community TB team on 020 7188 5811.

    All other referrals for respiratory conditions can be made:

    • via the NHS e-referral system (formerly Choose and Book) into a general chest clinic
    • by email to the department at These will be triaged to a specialist clinic if this is appropriate.

    Referrals may be addressed to a named consultant or to a generic respiratory consultant.

  • Two week wait referrals 

    All suspected lung cancers should be referred directly through the NHS e-referral system (formerly Choose and Book).

  • Emergency referrals

    To make an emergency referral, telephone our switchboard on 020 7188 7188 and ask for the on-call respiratory registrar.

    Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-Provider Minimum Data Set or ensure that one is sent within 48 hours of referring a patient.

  • Pleural referrals

    To make a referral to the pleural service, please use the referral form (Word 163Kb) and email it to

    If you require any further information, please call the pleural team on 020 7188 7188 extension number 58675.