166399 - Redflags, referrals & relationships: GPs & Cancer Specialists working together to fast track patients
- : Online
Bendigo Cancer Centre staff would like to work with
general practice, understand issues, enhance best practice care and support optimal patient outcomes. The session will include key clinical updates, a centre tour, two-way communication and networking
opportunities with cancer clinicians.
There are approximately 700 GPs in the Murray PHN catchment area. Whilst there have been a suite of OCP resources (Quick reference guides, I-Paced and What to Expect?) developed to support practices and patients, the vast numbers of possible pathways and potential referral points for GPs can be confusing. The literature emphasises the important role of GPs in this formative stage of a patient’s symptom management, especially regarding the time critical processes of diagnosis and referral.
Whilst there are critical points of interface between GPs and Health Services across all seven stages of the OCPs, this is heightened in stages two and three. It is essential that GPs are aware of major ‘’red flags’’ that may signify suspected cancer, that they select the best diagnostic method and refer correctly to the appropriate service, in a timely manner.