Quick Answer: How Long Should An Urgent NHS Referral Take?

How long is an urgent referral?

An urgent two-week referral means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP) making the referral.

As of April 1st 2010 you have a legal right to be seen by a specialist within this time..

How long do urgent referrals take?

WHAT IS AN URGENT REFERRAL? Your GP has arranged for you to see a hospital doctor (specialist) within two weeks – a process also known as the two-week referral. This is to investigate your symptoms further.

Can I sue NHS for waiting times?

More patients may suffer harm and sue the NHS as waiting times for treatment continue to grow, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. Around 40% of NHS compensation claims are already due to delays in treatment or diagnosis, but this could rise if people are left on long waiting lists, it said.

What does fast track mean in medical terms?

rapidly deteriorating conditionA fast track patient is a patient who has a rapidly deteriorating condition, which may be entering a terminal phase.

What is a fast track referral?

What is a Fast Track Urgent GP referral? This is a referral made by a GP to the hospital for patients they suspect have cancer. The fast track referral system aims to diagnose and treat serious illnesses quickly. Many conditions are more likely to be cured if they are diagnosed and treated early.

How long should I wait for an urgent operation on the NHS?

Although the maximum waiting time for non-urgent consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks, there are instances where this does not apply including – if you choose to wait longer; if it is in your interest to delay treatment so you can, say, lose weight or stop smoking; if your condition is better monitored than treated; …

How do I get a NHS referral?

Choosing a hospital or consultantyour GP can book it while you’re at the surgery.you can book it online using the appointment request letter your GP gives you.you can phone the NHS e-Referral Service line on 0345 608 8888 (open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and on weekends and bank holidays from 8am to 4pm)

Does an urgent referral mean I have cancer?

An urgent referral is one way that your doctor can refer you to hospital. It means that you have symptoms that could be due to cancer, although they are usually due to other conditions.

Do doctors tell you if they suspect cancer?

The doctor may start by asking about your personal and family medical history and do a physical exam. The doctor also may order lab tests, imaging tests (scans), or other tests or procedures. You may also need a biopsy, which is often the only way to tell for sure if you have cancer.

What is classed as an urgent doctors appointment?

An emergency appointment involves seeing a doctor quickly – usually the first appointment with an available doctor. If it’s not with your regular GP and you’d like to see them too, you can ask your surgery about booking a follow-up appointment.

What is the 2 week rule?

The 2 week rule (also called 2 week wait) is a referral for patients who have signs and symptoms that can be caused by cancer BUT in my experience, the majority of patients referred on this pathway do not have cancer.

What is NHS fast track?

Fast Track is for periods of rapid deterioration at any stage in life. After all, you don’t necessarily know if a person is about to reach end of life – even though they may be rapidly deteriorating. The prognosis is not the determining factor in NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track funding.

How long do NHS referrals take?

The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.

Can I refer myself to a private consultant?

You can get private treatment from a consultant or specialist without being referred by your GP. But the British Medical Association (BMA) believes it’s best practice for patients to be referred for specialist treatment by their GP because they know your medical history and can advise you if a referral is necessary.

Does a 2 week referral mean I have cancer?

What is a ‘Two Week Wait’ referral? A ‘Two Week Wait’ referral is a request from your General Practitioner (GP) to ask the hospital for an urgent appointment for you, because you have symptoms that might indicate that you have cancer.