A hospital referral refers to directing a patient from a primary care setting, such as a general practitioner’s office, to a hospital or specialist for further assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. It involves a formal request or recommendation made by the primary care provider to the hospital or specialist, outlining the patient’s condition, relevant medical history, and the reason for referral.

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