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.

Guidelines microsite

You can also access the full guidelines via our microsite:

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

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