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 triage assessment service is on Choose and Book (e-RS) via the following
- Specialty: 2ww
- Clinic Type: 2WW Non-speciï¬c symptoms
- Organisation or Site Name: FRIARAGE HOSPITAL SITE
- Service name: Rapid Diagnostic Centre Assessment Service–South Tees Hospitals NHS FT (Friarage)–RTR.
Please Note: Primary care ï¬lter tests are a mandatory part of a referral to a RDC. Required tests are on a single collection tab on WebICE which is found via the GP Requesting tab and on the Vague Symptoms panel on the left hand side. (tests must be requested but all results do not necessarily need to be returned prior to referral to prevent delay).
Chest x-ray is not a pre-requisite for our service as most patients receive a CT TAP. FIT tests are requested via the Gateshead WebICE system.
You can speak to one of the medical, nursing or administrative members of the team to discuss existing patients, potential new referrals, request practice visits or for any further information.
The helpline is available Monday to Friday 9.30am to 16.00pm
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.