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C-0501 - Audit on Improving Cancer Pathway CT referral within a UK hospital

B. Thomson1, H. Lee2, P. Elton1; 1 Canterbury/UK 2 London/UK Type: Educational Exhibit
Area of Interest: Oncology
Imaging Technique: CT
Procedure: Audit and standards
Special Focuses: Multidisciplinary cancer care, Workforce
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Learning objectives: In the UK a 62 day waiting time target was set for patients treated for cancer following an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer. During this period a diagnosis of cancer should be made including appropriate imaging and tests1-4.  In our hospital a 10 day target is set from referral to imag[...]

Background: Audit Standards CT request forms were collected from the radiology department. Our pre audit standards were: CT request forms for ‘cancer pathway’ patients should correctly identify these patients.– 100%.  All patients who are requested as on the ‘cancer pathway’ should be done within 10 day[...]

Findings and procedure details: Results: During cycle 1, 70 request forms were collected. 50% (35) of scans were requested for patients actually on the pathway and 10% (7) of these scans were completed within 10 days of request During cycle 2, 125 request forms were collected. 64% (80) were requested correctly and 20% (25) of the[...]

Conclusion: Between the two cycles, due to clinician education, there has been a significant improvement in the appropriate requesting of scans from 50% to 64%. This ensures suspected cancer patients have shorter waiting times to imaging that can help to ease anxiety and, at best, lead to earlier diagnosis and [...]

Personal information: Dr Ben Thomson MbCHb MRCP. Department of Radiology. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. benedictthomson@nhs.net Dr Heather Lee MBBS FRCR. Department of Radiology. Kings College Hospitals NHS Trust. hetherleehoiching@gmail.com   Dr Paul Elton FRCR. Department of Radiology. Eas[...]

References: Cancer survival in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, 1995 – 2007 (the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership): an analysis of population-based cancer registry data. Coleman, MP et al. 9760, 2011, Lancet, Vol. 277:127-138 The Royal College of Radiologists. Recommendation [...]

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