Summary NCL Guidance and Update for Suspected Cancer Referrals

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Summary NCL Guidance and Update for Suspected Cancer Referrals

The North Central London (NCL) plan for cancer treatment during the Covid-19 outbreak has been set out in this letter to GPs. The letter details current cancer-service statuses that affect how GPs manage patients with suspected cancer. Regular updates regarding cancer and Covid-19 will be sent out in this format, as the clinical picture is rapidly progressing.

Key points are as follows:

  • Providers are moving towards telephone triage services as a first appointment, so patients can be streamlined to a test directly and minimise interactions in the health service (see letter for more details).
  • Providers are moving towards telephone triage services as a first appointment for Two Week Waits, so patients can be streamlined to a test directly and minimise interactions in the health service.
  • The North Middlesex University Hospitals and University College London Hospitals multidisciplinary diagnostic centre sites are closed.
  • Providers have requested that primary care stops most (urgent and non-urgent) direct access diagnostics requests
  • The bowel and breast national screening programmes have paused in the short term.  No new invitations will be sent to patients.
Expiry date: Apr 1st, 2021