Tips on what to include in your referral letter

21st August 2020

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Miss Susannah Penney, Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, receives over 2000 cancer referrals a year. When making a suspected cancer referral, are you clear on what information should be included?

GatewayC’s ‘Improving the Quality of Your Referral’ course aims to assist GPs in improving the quality of oncology referrals. The course features an interview with Miss Susannah Penney where she discusses what clinical information should be included in a referral, and how this can make a difference in terms of efficiency and patient experience.

Key referral information includes:

  • All basic demographic information and accurate contact details
  • A clear reason for the referral and any significant test results
  • Any additional clinical information that might make a difference about the suitability of investigations in secondary care including patient frailty and capacity to consent
  • Shielding information
  • Details on how best to communicate with the patient (for example, does the patient require a member of their family to be involved in the referral pathway?)

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Improving the Quality of Your Referral’ course here
  • Watch GatewayC’s free webinar on Suspected Referrals and COVID-19 here
  • Browse our upcoming and recorded webinars here
  • Read ‘Differentiation of the Cs in lung cancer: Cancer vs. COVID’ here

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