Why have I been referred?
Your GP will discuss with you and, if appropriate, your carer, about why a referral is being recommended. It is usually because your GP wants a specialist’s help in deciding on the best way to treat your condition. This might involve referring you for tests or investigations that cannot be carried out in a GP surgery. Your GP will also discuss with you what choices there are for where you can be referred.
How will I hear about where and when the appointment is?
GP practices and hospitals use different ways of arranging appointments. Please expect your appointment letter via post for the hospital and department you have been referred to. It is important that you contact the hospital to rearrange your appointment as soon as possible if you are not able to attend.
Your GP may arrange for you to see a specialist within two weeks. This is to investigate your symptoms further. You might have some tests to find out what is wrong and whether it could be cancer. A urgent referral means that you should be seen by a specialist within two weeks.
Does this mean I have cancer?
It is normal to worry when you are urgently referred to see a specialist by your GP. However, REMEMBER 9 in every 10 people (90%) referred in this manner will not receive a cancer diagnosis.
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