Your GP can arrange for you to have tests or see a hospital doctor (specialist) sooner than usual. This is to investigate your symptoms, find out what is wrong and if it could be cancer.
Most people will not have cancer, but if you do, early diagnosis and treatment are important.
You will get your appointment as quickly as possible. In Morecambe Bay you should see get your appointment within 2 weeks. Your first appointment may be over the phone or at the hospital. Staff at the hospital have made every effort to make sure it’s a safe place to visit.
It is normal to worry when you are urgently referred to see a specialist by your GP. However, more than 9 out of every 10 people (more than 90%) referred this way will not be diagnosed with cancer.
If you have a face to face appointment with your GP they will give you a patient information leaflet outlining the next steps and who to call if you do not receive your appointment within 2 weeks.
If your appointment is over the telephone, your GP will send you a text message outlining the next steps and who to call if you do not receive your appointment within 2 weeks.