GP referral

GP referral

Any referral by a GP to be seen by another health professional, including a consultant, a physiotherapist, dietician, Macmillan nurse.
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BY far the biggest rise in waiting list in Wales was for first out-patient appointments following a GP referral to a hospital consultant.
a maximum one-month wait from urgent GP referral to treatment guaranteed for children's and testicular cancers and acute leukaemia by 2001
It means 90 per cent of inpatients and 95 per cent of out-patients are seen on time after GP referral.
Dr Vivian Hollyoak, from the Health Protection Agency in the North East, said: "The NHS is aiming to meet an 18 week maximum waiting time by the end of 2008, which is a combined sum of outpatient and inpatient treatment to reflect the GP referral to hospital treatment journey.
People can call in, but there is also a GP referral scheme and a healthy schools link which are using woodland activities to tackle problems like obesity and high blood pressure.
The document contains a comprehensive set of targets and highlights key areas to be tackled by the PCT in the next five years, such as a reduction to 18 weeks of the total waiting time from GP referral to treatment.
Dr Reid said patients' waiting times should be measured from GP referral to the time of treatment.
The research, which was published in the British Journ-al of Cancer yesterday and is based on the English two-week target from GP referral, claims that overall waiting times for treatment have actually risen.
It means 90 per cent of in-patients and 95 per cent of out-patients are seen on time after GP referral.
Debbie Dobbs, of the Nuffield, said: "This major investment in diagnostic equipment also puts the Nuffield in a strong position to support the Government's drive to achieve a maximum 18-week waiting time from GP referral to commencement of treatment.
Yesterday, the Government announced it would continue to bring in "providers from the independent sector" in their bid to reduce waiting times to no more than 18 weeks from GP referral to treatment by 2008.
In pain management, during the last quarter of 1997, 27% of patients were seen by a specialist within four weeks of a GP referral.