“By the time I was sent for a scan and biopsy, the tumour had grown.”
The NHS has guidelines and targets for referring patients for diagnostic tests, such as biopsies, X-rays and scans.
There are also time limits and targets for referring patients to a consultant if an expert opinion is needed.
Suspected cancer patients have to be referred to a consultant within two weeks – while patients requiring further tests and scans may have to wait up to 18 weeks.
It is important that patients receive the correct diagnostic test and see an appropriate specialist according to the results. Delays in diagnosis or an inaccurate diagnosis can lead to patients developing more serious conditions, including cancers which spread – or in some cases not being treated at all if test results are lost or confused with diagnostic tests for another patient.
In A&E departments, there are also targets for assessing, diagnosing, treating and discharging or admitting patients – with most trusts having to achieve this for between 95% to 98% of patients.
The initial assessment in A&E is called triage and triage nurses in A&E take a medical history from walk-in patients. In the NHS, there is a national triage scale, with five grades of urgency for treating patients:
Because of pressures in A&E departments, diagnosis may be hurried – or a specialist or a hospital bed on a ward may not be available.
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Patients who have suffered injury as a result of late or inaccurate diagnosis of a medical condition have three years from the date of injury or diagnosis of injury in which to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
Children who have suffered further injury as a result of late or inaccurate diagnosis of a medical condition can make a compensation claim up to the age of 21.
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