Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer
These revised guidelines aim to facilitate
appropriate referral between primary and secondary care for
patients whom a GP suspects may have cancer. The guidelines should
help to identify those patients who are most likely to have cancer
and who therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist.
Equally, it is intended that the guidelines will help to identify
patients who are unlikely to have cancer and who may appropriately
be observed in a primary care setting or who may require non-urgent
referral to a hospital.
The guidelines take account of new research
evidence and the findings of audits undertaken since the last
The guidelines were developed by
multi-disciplinary groups, including healthcare professionals from
across NHSScotland and patient and carer representatives.
You can also access the full guidelines via our
Quick reference guide mobile app
An app for mobile devices based on the
quick reference guide is now available at the links below:
Published Date: 29 August 2014