Scottish referral guidelines

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 revision.

The guidelines were developed by multi-disciplinary groups, including healthcare professionals from across NHSScotland and patient and carer representatives.

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


Cancer care improvement

Visit the cancer care section of our website to find out more about our work to improve cancer care services across Scotland.