It is the preparation of a patient and the referral records
to shift the patient to other department within the hospital or to another
To provide necessary diagnostic tests and procedures,
treatments and nursing care which is only available or possible in another
department or another hospital.
Referral To Another Hospital
Inform the patient and relatives first, if the patient is
unconscious then relatives only. If this is not possible and the patient has to
be shifted immediately. It must proceed and get the referral form filled by the
doctor, side by side try to get in touch with the relatives.
If the patient has been sent before the arrival of the
relatives, the nurse must give complete address to them and hand over the
patient' s belongings under proper receipt.
Otherwise the steps are the same as for the procedure for
the procedure for discharge except instead discharge slip, the patient is sent
with a referral form.
To Another Department With The Hospital
When a patient has to be shifted from medical to surgical
department, the patient is discharged and readmitted. The procedure is the same
as for discharge and admission.
The above the procedure is not usually necessary for a
patient who is to be shifted from one medical or surgical ward to another.