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Inpatient AOS referral

AOS referral criteria

St George’s AOS wants to know about:

  • Any known cancer patient admitted as an emergency which might be related to their cancer diagnosis itself, e.g. brain metastases, hypercalcaemia, spinal cord compression
  • Any known cancer patient admitted as an emergency as a direct result of the side effects of cancer treatment (either chemotherapy or radiotherapy), e.g. neutropenic sepsis
  • Any inpatient being investigated for an acute problem who is suspected of having a malignancy, and for whom advice is being sought on appropriate investigations
  • Any inpatient being investigated for an acute problem, who is found to have a new malignancy, e.g. patient presenting with pathological fracture, ‘stroke’ patient found to have cerebral metastases, or suspected relapsed disease after a previous diagnosis of early cancer.

How to refer

Referrals are made via an online system:

To make a referral you will require the following:

  • The patient’s details including 10-digit NHS number
  • A Trust or email address
  • The referring consultant’s Trust or email address

Please include as much relevant clinical information in your referral as possible, including a clear indication of the question being asked of the Acute Oncology Service, as this will aid the clinical team reviewing the referral to prioritise and assess the referral.

If your referral is urgent then please also bleep 8226 (in hours) to speak to a member of the AOS team. If you need urgent advice OOH or over the weekend, please go through switchboard and ask for the oncology consultant on call.

If your referral is regarding a patient with MSCC, please ensure you also complete the necessary MSCC forms. See the St George’s MSCC page for details.