Ensuring suspected cancer patients are seen over the summer

At this time of year that many patients have arranged holidays and extended stays out of the UK, it is imperative that patients on a suspected cancer pathway are seen urgently.

We therefore ask our GP colleagues that:

  • they check with patients that they have no holiday booked in the foreseeable future and
  • confirm with their patients that they are able to make themselves available for their hospital appointment over the next 4weeks, as Trusts aim to diagnose within 28days.

Where a patient confirms that they will be away, please do not refer until they can give confirmation that they will be in the UK and available to attend further diagnostic tests.