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Referring a patient

If you are a practitioner referring a patient for specialist opinion, you should:

  • inform the patient of your suspected diagnosis, mentioning any uncertainties you may have
  • refer without allowing any investigations to delay the process
  • back up your referral with a second form of communication (e.g., fax with phone call and vice versa)
  • advise the patient what to do if an appointment is not received within a specified time (e.g., 1-2 weeks)
  • send an old picture if this has helped you recognise tumour growth (e.g., with a patient having a 'suspicious naevus').