This section aims to support GPs understanding of 2ww referral pathways, and highlight the role of optimisation of referrals within primary care (e.g. preliminary tests and examinations) to expedite the diagnosis for patients referred to secondary care with suspected cancer.

Katherine Davies, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT), describes the suspected Head and Neck cancer pathway and the key components to a ‘good’ 2ww referral:

  • High risk patient groups
  • Key information for GP’s to include in the referral, and how this benefits the patient pathway
  • Introducing the Head and Neck ‘Rapid Diagnostic Service’ at LUFHT

Fran McNicol, Consultant Colorectal (CRC) Surgeon at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT), describes the components to a ‘good’ 2ww referral for suspected Lower GI cancer, including:

  • Key information for GP’s to include in the referral, and how this benefits the patient pathway
  • Considering “is the patient fit for bowel prep?”
  • Introducing FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Testing) and it’s role in 2ww referrals
  • A second video introducing Calprotectin and its use as a diagnostic test

Coming soon.