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Information for GPs

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During the Covid19 epidemic referrals to our specialies will change. Please see below for advice. This page will be updated regularly as the situation evolves. 

Information for GPs

Please seek non-urgent advice using the  ‘Advice and Guidance’ facility on the NHS e-Referral Service. A member of the appropriate clinical team will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

In exceptional circumstances, urgent clinical queries should be directed to the appropriate Specialist Registrar on call via the Trust’s switchboard on 0151 706 2000.

  1. All referrals for suspected pancreas cancer will continue to be reviewed through the pancreatic cancer MDT.
  2. All current cancer patients will continue to be monitored through the MDT process, although, as far as possible, this will be done via ‘virtual’ channels.
  3. Patients suitable for surgery will be prioritised according to clinical need, but surgery may be delayed due to the Covid-19 situation.
  4. Patients with pre-malignant lesions (eg. Suspicious cysts) will be offered close surveillance rather than immediate surgery.
  5. Patients in whom chemotherapy is the appropriate treatment will continue to be referred to the oncology services.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept referrals from outside our normal catchment area.

  1. The pancreatic team will continue to review all regional referrals for patients with severe acute pancreatitis.
  2. Advice and support will be provided to the local treating teams.
  3. Transfer of patients to the centre at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital may, however, not be possible and will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on available capacity.