Patients with suspected colorectal cancer are benefiting from a new one-stop service which has started at Goole and District Hospital.
The aim of the new service, which is led by consultant colorectal surgeon Mr Muzaffar Ahmad, is to speed up diagnosis for those patients who have been referred by their GP as having a suspected cancer.
Mr Makani Hemadri, associate specialist surgeon, who is part of the team, said: “The normal journey for patients with suspected colorectal cancer is they are seen within two weeks of referral from their GP in one of our outpatient clinics. There we will decide whether they require a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy and we will refer them for these examinations. They may have to wait up to a further two weeks before these are carried out.
“This new service means for those patients where it is appropriate, we will book them into a clinic within two weeks and they see the consultant and have their endoscope examination on the same day.”
Mr Hemadri said this was great news for the patient as it reduces the time spent waiting for diagnostic tests and results, and it was good news for other patients as it freed up clinic spaces so other people could be seen sooner.
Not every patient with a suspected colorectal cancer will be suitable for this service.