"patient referral time"
About: Queen's Medical Centre Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham NG7 2UH
Posted by Jill Skeavington
My GP referred me to a consulant who required blood tests before my CT scan. The consultant dictated the letter requesting the blood tests on 9/2/2015, it was 'checked online but not signed to avoid delay'. This letter was not typed untill 20/2/2015 and posted by 2nd class post on 24/2/2015, reaching me on 27/02/2015. I was able to obtain a blood test from my GP on 2/3/2015 and have just had the CT scan. I consider that the delay in producing the request to be totally unacceptable when one is extremely concerned to obtain a diagnosis.