South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking patients who are offered an urgent 2 week wait appointment to let their GP know if they are unable to attend.
Urgent 2 week wait appointments are offered to patients who are showing symptoms that may be associated with cancer. Approximately 9 in 10 people in Lincolnshire will not have cancer diagnosed and the referral to a cancer specialist is to rule out cancer as quickly as possible.
On leaving the GP practice patients will usually have had their appointment made for a convenient date and time, however in some instances this may not be possible and the hospital will contact the patients with an appointment. In these cases patients should inform the hospital as soon as possible if they are unable to attend so that the appointment can be offered to someone else. It is important that patients agree another date and time for their appointment at the same time.
Some of the symptoms that may result in an urgent referral include: abnormal lumps that do not go away; change in size, shape or colour of a mole; abnormal bleeding; a persistent cough; changes in bowel movement or an unexplained weight loss.
Dr Miles Langdon, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:
“It is important that patients who are referred for an urgent 2 week wait appointment do attend. GPs can diagnose and treat many illnesses, however sometimes specialist advice is needed.
If patients are going away on holiday they should inform their GP so the appointment made for them does not clash. If the appointment is being made directly with the hospital by the patient please ensure they are available to attend on the date given.
Over 90% of patients who are offered a 2 week wait appointment in Lincolnshire do not have cancer and the reason for the referral is to make sure that cancer can be ruled out as soon as possible and put the patient’s mind at rest.”