The National Cancer Action Team for England is running a bowel awareness campaign in England from the 30th January 2012. ACPGBI have been kept abreast of this project in meetings with NCAT. The letter posted below represents the briefing being supplied to GPs referring on symptomatic patients.
The letter states that – “In other words, we are not saying that every patient who presents to their GP with these symptoms should be referred on the urgent referral pathway for suspected bowel cancer. Standard outpatient referral and/or straight to test referrals may also be appropriate for some patients”
The important point to be discussed with local GPs is that the two week wait referrals system is not the only mechanism that they should use for these extra patients.