For South Tees Emergency, Urgent and Acute care settings
What is the RDC SNSS?
We are a 2ww service for patients with suspected cancer and provide a rapid diagnostic pathway to promote early and faster diagnosis.
RDCs support the NHS Long Term Plan and the 28 day faster diagnosis standard (FDS). We provide patients and GPs with a single point of contact from referral to discharge and are based in Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, serving the whole South Tees population.
Our service is for patients presenting with vague symptoms such as:
Loss of appetite
Abdominal, progressive, bone pain
Or where your gut feeling is that cancer may be an underlying pathology
Patients who ï¬t an existing 2ww pathway, are too unwell for an outpatient setting or who are already under investigation for the same symptoms are excluded.
How to refer
The RDC referral form is on WebICE, on the New Services tab, under Services Page 2: –
On the ï¬rst screen you will be presented with a summary of the inclusion and exclusion criteria (these are detailed on the next page of this document).
Please enter your name and contact details and the name of the responsible consultant.
On the second screen the majority of ï¬elds will default for you: User, Requesting Consultant, Location, Category and Priority. These can be left to default – altering priority from Routine will require you to enter a bleep number.
Please enter your reason for referral and or describe the clinical symptoms in the Global Clinical Details box on the second screen then accept the request as usual:-
Bloods prior to referral
For all patients referred into RDC please could we ask that the following bloods are requested (if there is an issue with getting the bloods on referral please contact us and we can arrange for them to be done in clinic.)
- FBC, U and E and LFTS
- Bone Proï¬le
- CRP and ESR
- Serum Free light chains and Beta 2 Microglobulins
- Immunoglobulins and electrophoresis
- Urine for Bence Jones protein
- HIV test
- B12, Ferritin and Folate
- PSA in men
- Ca125 in women
- TTG AB (coeliac antibodies)
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.