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Cancer Keys: Hospital Admissions for Acute Leukaemia
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) progresses rapidly. The time between presentation of symptoms in primary care to receiving treatment can be very short. An urgent full blood count (within 48 hours) should be considered for suspected acute leukaemia, in line with NICE guidelines.
If results are suggestive of AML, a haematologist will phone the surgery to speak to the GP directly to advise on the result. The GP should contact the patient as a matter of urgency to reassess the patient, ensuring that they have not developed further concerning symptoms, such as a fever or bleeding. If this is the case, the patient should go to straight to the hospital Emergency Department on the same day.
The haematologist will speak to the GP directly to discuss findings, note any abnormal cancer cells and enquire about the status of the patient. The haematologist will then decide whether the patient can wait to see the specialist the following day or if they need to go to the hospital Emergency Department that same day, and which hospital they should attend.
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