Purpose of these guidelines
These guidelines have been developed by the NW London Haematology Clinical Reference Group and are intended to support local GPs as a first point of reference prior to patient referral or before contacting haematology departments through their advice and guidance services.
Urgent Referrals (same day): The urgency of referral depends on symptom severity and findings of any investigations. Please refer patients immediately, and by telephone, to the on call haematologist for:
- a blood count/film reported as acute leukaemia
- spinal cord compression or renal failure suspected of being caused by myeloma/lymphoma
Two week wait referrals: GPs can refer a patient they suspect of having a haematological cancer to be seen within 14 days by a specialist. Be aware that haematological cancers can present with a variety of symptoms that may have a number of different clinical explanations.
General haematology referrals: These are non-two week wait referrals, typically used for the evaluation of non-urgent and non-malignant conditions - as detailed within this guideline. Where you are uncertain you are strongly urged to seek advice prior to referral.
Routine Advice and Guidance: All haematology services offer advice and guidance which can be accessed through local systems.
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