Quick Answer: What Is The Two Week Rule NHS?

What is a 62 day cancer pathway?

62 day wait (95% target) – Patients beginning their first treatment for cancer within 62 days following an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer.

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How long should an NHS referral 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 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.

How long should you wait for a referral?

The waiting times standards Under the 18 weeks Referral to Treatment Standard, a least 90% of patients should receive all of the following within 18 weeks of being referred: an outpatient appointment. diagnostic test (if required) treatment (if appropriate)

Will doctors call right away with bad test results?

If a normal or negative test result comes back, the physician can telephone the patient with the “good news,” and patients have the option of canceling the follow-up appointment. Although it is preferable to give bad news face-to-face, there may be times when giving bad news over the phone is unavoidable.

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.

How quick is an urgent referral?

What does it mean to be urgently referred? 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.

What is the waiting time for cancer treatment?

Waiting times You should not have to wait more than 2 weeks to see a specialist if your GP suspects you have cancer and urgently refers you. In cases where cancer has been confirmed, you should not have to wait more than 31 days from the decision to treat to the start of treatment.

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.

What is the 18 week rule in the NHS?

Your rights under the NHS Constitution The waiting times are described in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution. For routine, non-urgent conditions you have the right to start your treatment within 18 weeks of being referred.

Can you go to a doctor without being registered?

If you are not registered with a GP but need to see one, you can get emergency treatment at any GP surgery. If you need treatment for more than 14 days, you will need to register with that GP surgery as a temporary or permanent patient.

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.

What is the 2 week cancer pathway?

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.

What are the cancer waiting time targets?

The target that spans the patient pathway is for at least 85% of patients to start a first treatment for cancer within two months (62 days) of an urgent GP referral. Patients who are referred from an NHS cancer screening service should also start treatment within 62 days, but the operational threshold is set at 90%.

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.