RAS was designed for the following scenarios:
- where a service (often oversubscribed) has a high number of referrals that could have been dealt with by advice back to the referrer rather than a face-to-face appointment
- a service where a number of referrals could be booked straight to test/procedure without the need for a first out-patient appointment (for example, booking straight to endoscopy)
- where a provider has determined that pathways are complex and that the clinical referral information (CRI) needs reviewing before an appointment is booked - in such cases directly bookable services may be restricted and only available by referring to a RAS.
Note: patients are not registered automatically on the patient administration system (PAS) when being referred to a RAS.