guidelines offer guidance to allow prioritisation of
urgent cases whilst avoiding unnecessary referral of
patients unlikely to benefit from a specialist opinion.
For non-urgent conditions a suggested series of suitable
Primary Care investigations, prior to referral, is
A minority of patients will
not be covered by these guidelines and, if appropriate, a
referral for a specialist opinion should be made.
Following receipt of a referral, if it is felt that an
outpatient attendance is not required, written or
telephone advice will be provided.
We are always happy to
answer telephone enquiries, as in many cases, advice can
be provided without necessarily seeing the patient.
requiring rapid, direct assessment (as indicated in these
guidelines) should be discussed by telephone with either
the on call Haematology Staff Grade/SpR via the main
switchboard (bleep 6301) or the on call Consultant
Haematologist via Haematology
practice is to refer new patients to 'Consultant
Haematologist' and we will allocate patients to the most
appropriate Haematologist with the shortest waiting list.