People in South Holland who are offered an urgent two-week wait appointment must let their GP know if they are unable to attend.
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking patients who may be showing symptoms that could be linked to cancer to inform their surgery or hospital of an apppointment they need to cancel as soon as possible
It is important that patients who are referred for an urgent two-week wait appointment do attend as although GPs can diagnose and treat many illnesses, specialist advice is sometimes neededAmanda de La Motte, Deputy Chief Nurse for South Lincolnshire CCG
About nine out of every ten people in Lincolnshire will not have cancer diagnosed and the referral to a cancer specialist is to rule out cancer as quickly as possible.
Amanda de La Motte, Deputy Chief Nurse for South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “It is important that patients who are referred for an urgent two-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 that 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 per cent of patients who are offered a two-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 so as to put the patient’s mind at rest.”
Some of the symptoms that may result in an urgent referral include abnormal lumps that do not go away, a change in size, shape or colour of a mole, abnormal bleeding, a persistent cough, changes in bowel movement or an unexplained weight loss.
Ms De La Motte said: “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 and so that patients can agree another date and time for their appointment at the same time.”