Delays in referring patients for further tests or specialist opinion can lead to delayed diagnosis and potential patient harm.

Significant patient harm can occur due to a delay in diagnosis of a condition leading to a poorer than necessary prognosis or clinical outcome.

The risk team have identified the following key tools from our resources to help you work through this common area of risk:

  • Checklist: Referring patients. This practical checklist will help GPs and practice managers open up wider discussion within the practice team. Use it to review your current referral process and ensure it is as effective and safe as possible.
  • Webinar: Avoiding missed or delayed diagnosis

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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